Islamic Theocracy in Pakistan
Reuters has posted an interesting story
about the Pakistani province of Peshawar. It seems that around 2002, riding on anti-Americanism and anti-Western sentiments brought to the fore by the Afghanistan war, the Islamic theocrats took power. Now they are busy repairing the "old" society. And how praytell are they doing this?
"It's our goal to mould the society according to Islam," Asif Iqbal Daudzai, the province's information minister, told Reuters. "But we do not use force. We only persuade and motivate the people."
In response to charges that they are intolerant and the "Pakistani edition of Talibanisation":
The MMA, which includes factions of the pro-Taliban Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and is sympathetic to Islamic militants, rejects the charges it is intolerant and says it had no role in what happened in Afghanistan.
Malik Zafar Azam, a senior MMA minister, said promoting virtue and curbing vice was the government's responsibility.
"The Taliban implemented Islam. They used force because Afghanistan was a different society. But we are doing it gradually because this society is more educated and developed."
In case this all sounds to homey and abstract ("Gee, it doesn't sound so bad..."), here are some of the things the Islamic theocrats have "persuaded" people to give up (each example is taken directly from the story):
- Cinemas are barred from hoisting movie bill-boards
- Government employees are being "encouraged" to go to mosques to pray
- Shopkeepers have been persuaded to keep businesses closed during prayer time
- The province has made it mandatory for new public and private buildings to allocate space for a mosque.
So what we are talking about here is a radical group that believes in "persuading" people to follow their interpretation of the Koran. Their sympathies lie with Islamic militants and they think the Taliban interpreted Islam consistently. Well, at least we agree on the last point. And now they want to further encroach on individual rights by instituting Islamic police and judges, euphemistically referred to as Ombudsman, who will insure that Islam is followed in all facets of public life.
An open note to President Bush (and the rest of America) - these people are the enemy. They are the ones who approve of the 9/11 attacks, the murder of innocent Israelis, the shackling of mankind's mind and body. They, and their primitive and barbaric ideology, must be wiped out. Or else they will in time wipe us out.
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 12:45 AM