July 9, 2007
Pakistan Calls Mosque Leaders TerroristsTopics: Middle East News and Perspectives
Religious Affairs Minister Ejaz ul-Haq said terrorists, including a suspect in a plot against Pakistan's prime minister, were in control of the mosque.The information being "leaked" would not be released if Musharraf had not authorized it, and from the sound of it, one can surmise that the Pakistan government is laying the groundwork for an all out assault on the mosque if "negotiations" fall through. Here is another case, as with the Glasgow-London plot, in which Islamists have over-played their hand and in the process awakened Muslims to the hideous cancer within Islam.
"I can only tell you they are involved in many terrorist activities inside and outside" Pakistan, ul-Haq said. "And there are a few who are very renowned, very well known, more well known than al-Qaida and the Taliban."
Ul-Haq provided no details. However, Musharraf has said members of Jaish-e-Mohammed, a radical group involved in fighting Indian rule in Kashmir and with links to al-Qaida, was involved.
A military official who said he was not allowed to speak on the record said intercepts of telephone calls from the mosque indicated the defenders also had links to Harkat Jihad-e-Islami.
Some members of Harkat have been suspected of involvement in the killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi in 2002, and in a bombing the same year in the city that killed 11 French engineers.
"The very fact that they can use heavy automatic weapons with some expertise shows that they are not just ordinary 14-, 15-year-old students," government spokesman Tariq Azim said.
Posted by Richard at July 9, 2007 5:48 AM
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