Saturday, April 18, 2009

Pakistan Free's Cleric from House Arrest

Cleric of Pakistan's Red Mosque freed

Xinhua — The private Geo News TV channel quoted Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad Asadullah Faiz as saying that Maulana Abdul Aziz was nowa free citizen and he could go wherever he liked.
He said government would take care of the security of Maulana Abdul Aziz. A large crowd comprising Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, students and others reached Lal Masjid to welcome Maulana Abdul Aziz on the occasion of his release on bail from Adia Jail following the Supreme Court's order.
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Red Mosque cleric's militant message

BBC — Two years after it sparked a violent campaign of suicide bombings across north-western Pakistan, the Red Mosque in the country's capital, Islamabad, is again alive with chants of victory for Islam.
On Friday, thousands of worshippers filled the sprawling Red Mosque compound and spilled onto the street outside to listen to the sermon by the mosque's chief cleric, Maulana Abdul Aziz, who was released from jail the previous night.
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Pakistani Cleric Calls for Islamic Law Nationwide

Washington Post — A firebrand Islamist cleric, released on bail after almost two years under house arrest, returned triumphantly Friday to his former mosque in Pakistan's capital, where he called on a crowd of chanting followers to spread the crusade for Islamic law across the country.
Thousands of men and boys in turbans and tunics streamed toward the Red Mosque, the site of a bloody confrontation with Pakistani security forces in July 2007, to hear Maulana Abdul Aziz invoke the martyrdom of those who died in the military siege and urge others to sacrifice their lives for Islam.
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