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'For Islam, I can kill non-believers' - The Asian Age

Posted By Krishnakant Udavant (kkant@bom2.vsnl.net.in)
January 4, 1998

Title: 'For Islam, I can kill non-believers'
Publication: The Asian Age
Date: January 4, 1998

Pakistan's new President belongs to the Tableeqi Movement, which
is devoted to preaching Islam around the world and espouses the
veil for women, segregation of the sexes and a strict
interpretation of Islamic law. Unlike the hard-line Taliban
militia in neighbouring Afghanistan, however, the Tableeqi
believe women should be educated but separately from males. "Who
else will treat our women when they get sick?" asked Zaheer
Ahmed, a Tableeqi at a school for Islamic missionaries in
Raiwind, 29 kms outside Lahore, "Our women can't be treated by,

At Raiwind, the women have their own living quarters. In a
telephone interview, Mr Tarar said the movement is non-political
and its only is 10 preach and teach."

"They have no grudges against anyone or any religion." he added.
That is in contrast to the attitude at some of the religious
schools that are flourishing in Pakistan, where at least 6.000
operate in Punjab alone. At the 400-year-old Faizl-ul-Aloom
mosque and school in Lahore, for instance. students learn the
Quran and prepare for Jihad or holy war.

Mohammed Uzman, barely 10 years old, said he has only one
ambition: "To fight for Islam. I want to kill kafirs
(nonbelievers)." His friend. 12-year-old Mubin Myat, wants to
fight in Kashmir, where Muslim secessionists are fighting Indian
rule. "I am ready, to die," he said.

In September, Shia Muslim militants burst into the Sunni Muslim
mosque and school and gunned down 10 worshipers as they knelt in
prayer. Hyat and Uzman hid in an upstairs room. but it is just a
matter of time until they can take up arms. "It's no use to do
anything else," said Hyat. "You have to fight for Islam."

The country's leading human-rights lawyer Ms Asma Jehangir, sees
troubled times ahead for women and minorities in Pakistan.

Ms Asma Jehangir's latest worn, is the election of Mohammed Rafiq
Tarar as President, who is an islamic fundamentalist. For her
criticism of Mr Tarar. Ms Jehangir has received threatening
telephone calls and abusive letters. Ms. Jehangir said an
increasing number of met who support hard-line islamic views are
being promoted to senior government positions. "This is an
orthodoxy group with links in the judiciary, Army, education,"
she said.


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