British group to issue fatwa against Malala Yousufzai
[Dawn] A new British-based Islamic group plans to meet in Islamabad to issue a religious decree against a Pak schoolgirl shot by the Pak Taliban, accusing her of supporting "occupying" US forces.
The move against Malala Yousufzai, 15, is likely to provoke outrage. In the days following her shooting in October, she became an international icon and world leaders pledged to support her campaign for girls' education.
"There will be a fatwa issued regarding Malala Yousufzai taking into account the full story of her injury including her public statements in support of the occupying US army in the region and mocking of key symbols of Islam such as hijab and jihad," said Abu Baraa, a senior member of Shariah4Pakistain.
The group, whose website features a blog below a photograph of Yousufzai in a hospital bed titled "Don't Believe The Crocodile Tears for Malala Yousufzai", is associated with some of Britannia's most hardline Islamic groups.
Anjem Choudary, a prominent radical holy man in Britannia, said the fatwa could be issued on November 30 at Islamabad's Lal Masjid, where a 2007 army raid crushed a Taliban-style movement controlling the compound.
The mosque's deputy head, Maulana Amir Siddique, denied the group would hold such a conference but organisers insisted they did not need permission to gather in a public place of worship.
Yousufzai is recovering in a British hospital.
Neither Baraa nor Choudary would say what punishment Yousufzai might face if the group found her guilty of violating Islam.
"Nobody is saying we are going to get out our swords and go and look for Malala... The point is a wider issue: it is about the American and Pak involvement in maintaining the British and American interests ...," Choudary told Rooters.
"Malala is one of the issues we are going to be addressing because she is being used as a propaganda tool by the enemies of Mohammedans to say: 'Look, Mohammedans don't believe in education' which is absurd."
Tens of thousands of Britons have called on the government to nominate Yousufzai for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work promoting girls' education.
Her shooting was the culmination of years of campaigning that had pitted the young girl against one of Pakistain's most ruthless Taliban capos, Mullah Fazlullah
...son-in-law of holy man Sufi Mohammad. Known as
Mullah FM, Fazlullah had the habit of grabbing his FM mike when the mood struck him and bellowing forth sermons. Sufi suckered the Pak govt into imposing Shariah on the Swat Valley and then stepped aside whilst Fazlullah and his Talibs imposed a reign of terror on the populace like they hadn't seen before, at least not for a thousand years or so. For some reason the Pak intel services were never able to locate his transmitter, much bomb it. After ruling the place like a conquered province for a year or so, Fazlullahs Talibs began gobbling up more territory as they pushed toward Islamabad, at which point as a matter of self-preservation the Mighty Pak Army threw them out and chased them into Afghanistan...
Fazlullah and his men had taken over Yusufzai's native Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
Valley and have blown up girls' schools and publicly executed those they deem immoral. An army offensive in Swat forced many Pak Taliban fighters to flee.
Posted by: Fred 2012-11-21