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Thursday, November 05, 2009

US puts its faith in Pakistan's military, Zeba Khan, Rick Santourn

Apart from other senior officials, Clinton met with the chief of army staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kiani, and the director general of Inter-Services Intelligence, Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha. It was agreed that all US-led negotiations with Abdullah, which included offering him the position of chief executive officer of Afghanistan, would stop, and Karzai would get full backing for a second five-year term.
The biggest setback to the ruling Pakistan People's Party came from its main ally, the Muttehida Quami Movement, the only real anti-Taliban and pro-American political party in the country. In a very humiliating way, it advised Zardari to step down as president and face the courts. US puts its faith in Pakistan's military By Syed Saleem Shahzad

Petty criminals dressed up in a world wide conspiracy...that is what it appears in the following post ~t

Aside from the Muslim name of the man involved, the story reads like any number of organized crime busts. On Oct. 28, a 53-year-old man named Luqman Ameen Abdallah, was shot and killed during an FBI raid on a storage facility in Dearborn, Mich. Federal agents said they had intended to arrest Abdallah and 10 other men on criminal charges including conspiracy to sell stolen goods (such as laptops, furs, and energy drinks), mail fraud and illegal possession of firearms. According to the FBI, Abdallah, who had a previous criminal record, died in a gunfire exchange after refusing to surrender to authorities. Zeba Khan

But that may be changing. Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, the grand sheikh of al-Azhar, a prominent university in Cairo, Egypt, seems recently to have endorsed a more liberal attitude toward apostasy. According to Tantawi, a Muslim who renounces his faith should be left alone as long as he does not threaten or belittle Islam. Giving up the faith alone should not trigger actions against an apostate in this view; only acting as an enemy of Islam should prompt reprisals.

It is certainly not the place of non-Muslims to say what constitutes authentic Islam. But if leading Muslim clerics are prepared to take on al-Qaeda's interpretation of Islam in this war of ideas, our leaders and our media should publicize their work and extol their courage. Rick Santorum


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