Lal Masjid Clerics Succeed in Blackmailing Pakistani Government!

This news makes me furious. And I thought I was just recovering from the depression caused by the disgusting behaviour of the government and the political parties on 5/12/2007 when my beloved city Karachi burned and people died on its streets.

It is hard to believe, but yes, fanatic, crazy, clerics from the Lal Masjid (a large mosque and seminary in Islamabad, Pakistan) have succesfully black-mailed the government and succeeded in getting their demands met. This mosque has already caused sufficient problems in the Pakistani capital city when its stick-bearing women students attacked a house and held hostages, its students attacked local video rental shops accusing them of spreading vulgarity, and its leader clerics threatened the government with suicide bombs. See more on this here and here.

But this time they took direct action against the federal government. They kidnapped 4 policemen from outside their mosque, refused to release them until their students who had been arrested for attacking the videoshops (and destroying private property) were released, amd actually succeeded in making the government bow down before their demands. Their black-mail worked and at least 4 students were released as a bargain for 2 policemen. The other 2 are still being held until the rest of the students are also released.

This brazenness is utterly revolting, and frightening. meanwhile, the society is just standing by and watching. What is it to learn from this episode? In Pakistan we say Jis kee laathi uss kee Bhains. i.e. whoever owns the stick, owns the cow. Is that why sticks (and guns) came out on the streets of Karachi on the 12th? Because they know this government will only bow down to that?
The Lal Masjid administration on Saturday night freed two of the four policemen who were abducted on Friday in return for four men it said had been detained by the police on false charges. The government agreed to release the four men on Monday.

Sources told Daily Times that a district administration team led by City Magistrate Farasit Ali Khan told the clerics that only four people – former ISI official Khalid Khawaja, Zainullah, Mehrab Hussain and Arif Mahmood – were in police custody, while the clerics claimed that Muhammad Idrees, Abdul Baseer, Amir, Iftikhar, Anwarul Haq, Israrul Haq and Naqeebullah were also in police detention.

The sources said that the government officials told the clerics that they did not know about the seven people and could not ensure their release. The sources said that Lal Masjid’s Ghazi Abdul Rashid told the officials that the other two policemen would remain in captivity until the release of the seven men also on the clerics’ list.

As an assurance to the Lal Masjid clerics that their men would be freed, Tariq Abbasi, judge of a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court, accepted the bails of three madrassa students and Khalid Khawaja, who had been booked for burning CDs and video cassettes at Bhara Kahu.

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9 Responses to Lal Masjid Clerics Succeed in Blackmailing Pakistani Government!

  1. mystic says:

    I think, these crises are self-created by govt. and agencies to keep public look away from real problem and to tell foriegn govts. that Pakistan is at verge of talibanization and only this govt can save Pakistan etc. Its all circus.

    (BTW actual muhawra is – jis ki lathi us ki bhens)

  2. Bilal Zuberi says:

    Dear mystic: I went to bed knowing something was wrong in my article but couldn’t tell. Thank you for pointing it out. I have fixed the muhawara.

  3. sheepoo says:

    As for someone sitting out and looking at Pakistan, I think that the rot has completely set in. We are doing exactly the same things which Bani Israel did with the bounties of Allah: kufran-e-naimat. We are at each other’s throats; corruption is rampant; 10 million people in Karachi are being told that they will have to live with no-water, no-electricity situation for the next 5 years; innocent people are being killed right, left, and center; drivers of ambulances carrying the injured are being mercilessly murdered; those in power are totally busy in making sure that they remain in power for the eternal future. My heart cries out and my lips move in prayers for Pakistan and Pakistanis since that is the least I can do!

    الذین طغو فی البلاد
    فاکثرو فیہ الفساد
    فصب علیھم ربک سوط عذاب

    [(All) these transgressed beyond bounds in the lands
    And heaped therein mischief (on mischief)
    Therefore your Lord poured on them a scourge of diverse chastisements
    (Al-Fajr 11-13)]

    Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You laid on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear….
    [Al-Baqarah 286]

    May Allah help Pakistan!

  4. Faraz Zuberi says:

    Pakistan Ka matlab kya?
    Bum dhamaka aur aghwa

    Sad but true!

  5. Bilal Zuberi says:


    Govt seen preparing for Lal Masjid operation
    ISLAMABAD: The government appeared to be preparing for an operation to free two cops held hostage at Lal Masjid on Sunday, increasing the deployment of security forces around the mosque and declaring an emergency at two major hospitals.
    About a hundred baton-wielding students of Jamia Fareedia blocked traffic in front of the mosque after police arrested 37 madrassa students earlier in the day. Interior Secretary Kamal Shah confirmed the “preventive” arrests and said the Lal Masjid management had phoned people in Islamabad and the provinces asking them to wage jihad against the government. He denied an operation was imminent.

  6. Questioning Mind says:

    Pakistan ka matlab kya
    badmashi aur martial la

  7. sheepoo says:

    Pakistan ka matlab kya
    رَبّنا اِنّنا اٰمنّا فاغفِر لنا ذنُوبَنا

  8. […] Lal Masjid Clerics Succeed in Blackmailing Pakistani Government! @ BZ Notes! It is hard to believe, but yes, fanatic, crazy, clerics from the Lal Masjid (a large mosque and seminary in Islamabad, Pakistan) have succesfully black-mailed the government and succeeded in getting their demands met. This mosque has already caused sufficient problems in the Pakistani capital city when its stick-bearing women students attacked a house and held hostages, its students attacked local video rental shops accusing them of spreading vulgarity, and its leader clerics threatened the government with suicide bombs. […]

  9. […] Lal Masjid Clerics Succeed in Blackmailing Pakistani Government! @ BZ Notes! It is hard to believe, but yes, fanatic, crazy, clerics from the Lal Masjid (a large mosque and seminary in Islamabad, Pakistan) have succesfully black-mailed the government and succeeded in getting their demands met. This mosque has already caused sufficient problems in the Pakistani capital city when its stick-bearing women students attacked a house and held hostages, its students attacked local video rental shops accusing them of spreading vulgarity, and its leader clerics threatened the government with suicide bombs. […]

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