Pakistani Women's Group Vows to Fight Radical Islamic Movement

A Pakistani women’s group is planning a major protest against the Islamic extremists who are threatening the country.
Another women’s group has different ideas…

Veiled female students of an Islamic seminary Jamia Hafsa hold bamboo battons as they chant slogans during a protest demanding the release of their teachers from police custody, Wednesday, March 28, 2007, in Islamabad, Pakistan. The teachers were detained after female Islamic students on an anti-vice drive abducted an alleged brothel owner and locked her up at their fundamentalist seminary, as the woman ignored their warnings to close her business. (AP Photo)

A women’s group in Pakistan is standing up to the Islamic extremists and Pro-Taliban students.
ADN Kronos reported this news earlier today:

A Pakistani women’s group known as the Women Action Forum (WAF) has expressed its outrage “at the state’s overt and covert role in creating and encouraging the talibanisation of Pakistan.”

“We will continue to fight talibanisation of society, since the people’s power alone can push back the forces of darkness,” it said in a statement. The group plans to hold a rally in the near future and ask all concerned to join the protest.

“The latest manifestation of talbanisation in Pakistan is the brazen and illegal occupation of the Children’s Library in Islamabad by Jamia Hafsa and Jamia Faridia, followed by the forced abduction, humiliation and torture of three women and an infant.” WAF said.

The group was referring to the occupation of a children’s library in the Pakistani capital Islamabad by the students of the Islamic seminaries or madrassas, Jamia Hafsa and Jamia Faridia, who were protesting the demolitian of several unauthorised mosques that had been built without permits.

As for the women and the infant held captive, the students of the madrassas alleged that they were linked to a brothel and the action was part of “an anti-vice campaign”.

“This has shocked every citizen with a conscience and shaken the foundations of our society. The complicity of the state in both cases reinforces the talibanisation process and gives a lie to the farce of General Musharraf’s ‘enlightened moderation’,” said the statement by the women’s group.

The statement said religious extremists were taking violent action to undermine and negate those very rights for which lawyers and members of civil society were battling.


Pro-Taliban Islamist students hold bamboo sticks as they stand outside a mosque in Islamabad March 29, 2007. Pakistani religious schools are training militants and supporting violent Islamist groups and government efforts to reform the seminaries are in a shambles, a security think-tank said on Thursday. (REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)

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