Pakistan to demolish part of Red Mosque

Pakistan will demolish a battle-scarred Islamic girls' school in Islamabad's Red Mosque compound, where an army raid earlier this month left scores dead, officials said Monday.

Pakistan to demolish part of Red Mosque

Pakistan will demolish a battle-scarred Islamic girls' school in Islamabad's Red Mosque compound, where an army raid earlier this month left scores dead, officials said Monday.

The Red Mosque itself was being renovated and "we hope to re-open it on Friday" in time for traditional Islamic prayers, said city official Kamran Lashari. Reports have said the mosque will be repainted green.

The Jamia Hafsa school, which authorities said was built illegally in the first place, is to be knocked down because the fierce clashes on July 10-11 and the preceding week-long siege rendered it unsafe.

"Our engineering experts have declared the building dangerous and it will be demolished," Lashari, chairman of Islamabad's government-run Capital Development Authority, told AFP.

Lashari added that the demolition of the living quarters used by the head cleric Abdul Aziz and his brother Abdul Rashid Ghazi was already under way.

Pakistani authorities on Sunday discovered an unidentified body and a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the basement of the complex as government labourers carried out repairs.


AFP

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Temmuz 2007, 10:59
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