9/11 comes to Pakistan
Last updated: October 20, 2007
July 9, 2007
And here is a talk I and the Raccoon had another day with one Pakistani on the Raccoon's blog.
The Angry Arab who just came back from Pakistan provides a very insightful account of his journey to the second largest Muslim country in the world. Pakistan appears to be swept by Islamism.
Probably Yasser and others, who argue for the regime of Masharraf to go, should better think again about what reinstalling democracy may unleash on this country.
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. . . Prior to my departure to Islamabad, my kind host called me from Pakistan and strongly urged me (for my own safety) to refrain from ever using the words "atheist" or "secular" or "communist." Just to make sure I get the point, he always wrote to me making the same point. The political climate there was more liberalized than I expected: it is not that I met people who were critical of Musharraf. I did not meet any one who was NOT critical of Musharraf. But the liberalized political climate did not extend to the Islam question. I strongly felt that there was excessive obsession with Islam in a country that is overwhelmingly Islamic in religious affiliation. The term of reference was so Islamic in conversations and media that I was ready to embrace the secularism of the Turkish generals. It was always assumed that everybody was Islamic. After one talk, which coincided with the prayer time, my host quickly whisked me away because he did [not] want the audience to notice that I don't pray . . .
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At one point, this professor asked my host: Is he (about me) not the Angry Arab? My host said: oh, no. That is another person. (He was concerned that they will get to read my views of Danish cartoons).
July 10, 2007
The man seen in the clip saying - If you attack us, we are ready to sacrifice our lives - was reported to have been killed yesterday during an assault by Pakistani commandos on the Red Mosque in Islamabad. Dozens of mosque defenders and eight Pakistani soldiers died too and the fighting in and around the mosque continues.
I have no desire and energy left to write another 'Shalom' post.
By ZARAR KHAN, Associated Press Writer
56 minutes ago
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Among the dead was pro-Taliban cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who had been the public face of a campaign by the Red Mosque leaders to use their students to impose puritanical Islamic rule in the capital.
Ghazi's body was found in the basement of the women's religious school in the compound after a fierce gunbattle, according to a senior Interior Ministry official, Brig. Javed Iqbal Cheema.
Several security officials said Ghazi had been hit by two bullets and gave no response when ordered to surrender. Soldiers then fired another volley and found him dead, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.
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July 11, 2007
And here is the same Taliban shit, but in Afghanistan . . .
The New York Times
By BARRY BEARAK
Published: July 10, 2007
QALAI SAYEDAN, Afghanistan, July 9 — With their teacher absent, 10 students were allowed to leave school early. These were the girls the gunmen saw first, 10 easy targets walking hand-in-hand through the blue metal gate and on to the winding dirt road.
More than half the schools in the country exist without buildings, and are forced to hold classes in tents or under trees. More Photos »
The staccato of machine-gun fire pelted through the stillness. A 13-year-old named Shukria was hit in the arm and the back, and then teetered into the soft brown of an adjacent wheat field. Zarmina, her 12-year-old sister, ran to her side, listening to the wounded girl’s precious breath and trying to help her stand.
But Shukria was too heavy to lift, and the two gunmen, sitting astride a single motorbike, sped closer.
As Zarmina scurried away, the men took a more studied aim at those they already had shot, killing Shukria with bullets to her stomach and heart. Then the attackers seemed to succumb to the frenzy they had begun, forsaking the motorbike and fleeing on foot in a panic, two bobbing heads — one tucked into a helmet, the other swaddled by a handkerchief — vanishing amid the earthen color of the wheat.
Six students were shot here on the afternoon of June 12, two of them fatally. The Qalai Sayedan School — considered among the very best in the central Afghan province of Logar — reopened only last weekend, but even with Kalashnikov-toting guards at the gate, only a quarter of the 1,600 students have dared to return.
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October 20, 2007
Up to 500 of supporters of the returning opposition leader were killed and wounded when two suicide bombers struck at a huge crowd of dozens of thousands of Bhutto supporters who welcomed their leader back from exile. Bhutto was not hurt but she was visibly shocked by the sight of dozens of corpses scattered all around the truck she was driving in. Dozens of corpses were reported lying under a huge poster that read "Long Live Bhutto" on the day when the process of simmering discontent, rampant anti Americanism and Talibanization of the country has reached its fruition.
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