Pakistan’s slide into Sharia rule continues to accelerate. “Pakistan Grants Bail to Hard-Line Red Mocleric [sic],” from AP, April 15 (thanks to all who sent this in):
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the release on bail Wednesday of a hard-line cleric who was detained as soldiers stormed his radical Red Mosque in 2007, killing scores of people and energizing the country’s Islamist insurgency.
Maulana Abdul Aziz was arrested as he tried to sneak out of the besieged mosque in the capital, Islamabad, dressed in an all-covering burqa worn by some Muslim women.…
Aziz, who has not yet been released, was granted bail Wednesday while the court considers the charges against him in relation to the siege, his lawyer Shaukat Siddiqui told reporters outside the court. Prosecutors were not available for comment.
Aziz is facing several charges ranging from abetting terrorists to illegally occupying a building.
Pakistan has a history of failing to successfully prosecute militants, many of whom are believed to have had links with the country’s armed forces….
Gee, why is that?