Shariah4Pakistan postpone Lal Masjid conference

Published: November 28, 2012

London-based fundamentalist group says they have not found any evidence proving 'Malala’s apostasy'.

London-based fundamentalist group, Shariah4Pakistan, has postponed a conference in Islamabad in light of the Pakistani government’s refusal to grant visas to key speakers, and also because of “ heightened security implications.”

The conference was scheduled to be held on November 30.

On the agenda was also the issuance of a religious decree against Malala Yousafzai, accusing her of supporting “occupying” US forces.

A report in The News stated that no member of Al-Muhajiroun applied for Pakistani visas, including Anjem Chaudhry, a prominent radical cleric in Britain associated with Shariah4Pakistan.

Shariah4Pakistan also claimed that the announcement came as a result of a conversation between Maulana Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid and Sheikh Omar Bakri.

Aziz, in the report published in The News, said that he had informed Bakri, a militant leader, that they would not let the mosque be used for anything “political, non-productive or controversial.”

I told Bakri that it was unethical that they were using Lal Masjid’s name without permission. We were never consulted. I believe there is no point in digging graves of the past. Quaid-i-Azam made Pakistan and we have full respect for him and will not allow anyone to disrespect him. Muslim Ummah is facing very serious challenges, we can work positively towards the resolution of these issues instead of bogging ourselves down into stuff which is negative and provides propaganda material to our enemies.

Aziz said that Lal Masjid would not support Shariah4Pakistan’s agenda and added that the group should refrain from using their name.

According to the press release on the Shariah4Pakistan website, Bakri has also “not found any evidence proving Malala’s apostasy” and the group now states that they “do not believe she should have been targeted based on the evidence available.”

Shariah4Pakistan claim they will launch projects to present Shariah as the only alternative to the “corruption of man-made law” in the run up to the next general elections in Pakistan.

Reader Comments (29)

  • Pessimist
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:05PM

    Kudos to the government for refusing to give the visas to the concerned speakers.

    “not found any evidence proving Malala’s apostasy”

    Perhaps they should consider a career in comedy if preaching their religious nonsense does not work out.

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  • Mj
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:09PM

    “According to the press release on the Shariah4Pakistan website, Bakri has also “not found any evidence proving Malala’s apostasy” and the group now states that they “do not believe she should have been targeted based on the evidence available.””

    So if evidence were to be found, would that make it okay to target apostates? Reminds me of fascist totalitarian states.Recommend

  • Neech Zehniat
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:19PM

    LPC S4Pak

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  • Nadir
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:19PM

    Good stuff, hopes its postponed perpetually.

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  • Trippy Lucifer
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Zaid Zaman Hamid Version 2?

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  • Umer
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:24PM

    provides propaganda material to our enemies

    So in principle Lal masjid agrees with it but is worried that it may be used by their ‘enemies’ meaning liberals.

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  • Saleem
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:27PM

    They should hold this conference in waziristan and send a copy of the programme to the drone operators in the USARecommend

  • KB
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:27PM

    The right thing to not grant visa – it’s best when PK shouldn’t allow people like these to poke nose into it’s affairs – I wonder why UK Government arrest or ban him!

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  • Afzaal Khan
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:32PM

    why does media give these morons a plateform to speak? No one knew they even existed thanks to blogs and ET they got name recognition. Great work ET as usual

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  • Bill Maher (SFO)
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:34PM

    Darn,
    I missed some good drama.
    What I am supposed to do now? Watch Jon Stewart?
    Sad day.

    That was sarcasm, just for the ones who might think otherwise.
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  • roadkashehzada
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:38PM

    thanks God malala was cleared by the lense of extremists.may be a call from UK border agency was the prood for the mulla. I hope now our president will also be cleared. i feel the same for Mr. zardari as most of pakistanis feel but wont allow any outsider to disrespect the office of the president of my country be its occupied by zardari or musharraf.
    as far as quaid e azam is concerned, our Baba is above any bakri.
    i would suggest mr bakri go and give some suggestions to egyptian president

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  • Batman
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:39PM

    The guy running this lives in GREAT BRITAIN, gives taxes to a non-Muslim government and talks about bringing the Shariah to Pakistan. Is this a joke?

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  • M. I. Aslam
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:44PM

    by far the best thing done by this govt :)

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  • Nitin
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:46PM

    Let them come, but can anybody explain me… these mullas are living in UK (christian world / Western country) , having comfortable life in christian country with all facilities.. same country and goverment who saved malala ….
    but instead of having rally and protest in UK they want to spoil the atmosphere in PAK ,because peoples here are easy to fool on the name of islam and in UK govt won’t allow them to do any such non sense..

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  • Uzair
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:49PM

    Slight correction @Batman: Anjem Chaudhry is not a tax payer in UK, he is a receiver of welfare money from the other citizens. So he enjoying both the freedom of speech and freedom to enjoy being unemployed thanks to a western kafir democratic country while spouting his xenophobic, misogynistic, caveman nonsense.

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  • Britpak
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Well done, Being a British Pakistani myself, i can tell you all about Anjem. Anjem Choudhury and his gang are nothing but trouble and hypocrites. Anjem (also once went by the name of “andy”) got up to all sorts in his university days (drinking promiscuity..etc), and today likes to go off on takfeerist rants, calling everyone who disagrees with him a kafir. Whilst claiming benefits. As for his leader Omar Bakri, just google “omar bakri daughter”.

    Hypocrites of the highest order.

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  • AbulKalam Azad
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:52PM

    ha ha ha ….. had a good laugh

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  • iLiberal
    Nov 28, 2012 - 7:32PM

    Finally. A decision worth praising by the government, for a change. I hope they take it a step further and declare these persons as personae non gratae and never let them in. Ever! We have plenty of our home grown nutters and need not import new ones.Recommend

  • Falcon
    Nov 28, 2012 - 7:39PM

    Certainly a positive development. Lal Masjid’s response is not perfect but at least they were to able to push off the extremist group, that is itself a positive sign.

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  • Mj
    Nov 28, 2012 - 7:40PM

    @Batman:
    Worse. They don’t pay taxes. These guys live on benefits.

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  • Nov 28, 2012 - 9:26PM

    @Trippy Lucifer:

    There is no power on earth that can redo Zaid Hamid.

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  • BRUISED INDIAN
    Nov 28, 2012 - 9:27PM

    @Neech Zehniat: Lawl!

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  • Maher
    Nov 28, 2012 - 9:48PM

    Postponed???? It should be CANCELLED !!

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  • Parvez
    Nov 28, 2012 - 11:20PM

    GOP has shown some backbone – well done GOP.

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  • unmet46
    Nov 28, 2012 - 11:56PM

    People with such radical views should be simply put behind the bars or house arrest unless they give up their activities.

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  • Leila Rage
    Nov 29, 2012 - 12:46AM

    Ban them PERMANENTLY from ever entering Pakistan.
    But so far good move that their visas were rejected!!!

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  • Zaheer
    Nov 29, 2012 - 4:12AM

    @Batman:
    He doesn’t give any taxes inj UK too. He lives off state benefits, the same that jobless and disabled people get rightly and he managesto get fraudulently.

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  • Irum
    Nov 29, 2012 - 12:17PM

    Publicity Stunt nothing more,,,,,

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  • El Duderino
    Dec 4, 2012 - 5:24PM

    What a sham! stay in UK and live off the welfare stipends and keep your Shariah4Pakistan in your closet with the rest of your crappy agendas! Idiots like these should be put under house arrest, its probably because of all the LSD this guy used in his youth, what crap!

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