Students protest at Pakistan mosque

Hundreds of religious students protested Friday at Islamabad's Red Mosque and blocked a government-appointed cleric from leading prayers at its planned reopening.

 Students protest at Pakistan mosque
Hundreds of religious students protested Friday at Islamabad's Red Mosque and blocked a government-appointed cleric from leading prayers at its planned reopening.

The protests come more than two weeks after a bloody army siege at the mosque left more than 100 people dead.

The protesters demanded the return of the mosque's former chief cleric, Abdul Aziz — who is in government detention — to lead Friday afternoon prayers, and shouted slogans against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

"Musharraf is a dog! He is worse than a dog! He should resign!" students shouted. Some lingered over the ruins of a neighboring seminary that was demolished by authorities this week.

Pakistan's Geo television showed scenes of pandemonium inside the mosque, with dozens of young men in traditional Islamic clothing and prayers caps shouting angrily and punching the air with their hands.


AP

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Temmuz 2007, 14:47
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