Oh, the shame of it. Instead of opting for a glorious martyrdom, which he had exhorted so many others to choose, he “had to eventually try to run like a woman.”
“Pak mosque leader arrested disguised in burqa,” from AFP, with thanks to Morgaan Sinclair:
ISLAMABAD – Pakistani security forces arrested the leader of a radical mosque under siege in Islamabad as he tried to flee while disguised in a burqa on Wednesday, officials said.
Abdul Aziz was detained as he left the Red Mosque in Islamabad amid a crowd of women wearing similar attire, who were surrendering to the authorities a day after bloody clashes outside the building left 16 people dead.
Deputy information minister Tariq Azeem said it was a “˜farcical end” to the cleric’s resistance.
“˜After all the things he has said and all the oaths he took from his students that they should embrace martyrdom with him, look at this man, he had to eventually try to run like a woman,” Azeem told AFP.
Officials said Aziz’s wife was also arrested but his brother, deputy mosque leader Abdul Rashid Ghazi, was still at large.
“˜We caught Abdul Aziz when he was trying to escape the mosque clad in a burqa. He did not offer any resistance,” added a top security official involved in the capture.
“˜He was the last in a group of women all wearing the same clothes. He was wearing a burqa that also covered his eyes,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
“˜Our men spotted his unusual demeanour. The rest of the girls looked like girls but he was taller and had a pot belly.”
Hey, come on. Maybe he is pregnant.