And he said: “˜”˜People who opposed sharia were neither sincere to Islam nor the nation.–
He said it.
Honest Ibe Hooper, please go to Peshawar and straighten this guy out. Teach him about the Peaceful, Pluralistic, and Democracy-Compatible Islam in which you so devoutly believe.
“We’ll impose sharia across Pak: Taliban,” by Omer Farooq Khan for the Times of India, April 15 :
PESHAWAR: Radical cleric Sufi Muhammad-led Tehrik Nifaz-I-Shariat-I-Muhammadi (TNSM) and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan have welcomed imposition of
sharia in NWFP”s Malakand division, saying the “˜”˜struggle– would continue to implement Islamic law in other parts of the country….
Sufi Muhammad vowed to extend full cooperation to the military and the government. “˜”˜Our struggle has achieved success. We”ll now extend our full cooperation to the government,– he said. Sufi Muhammad called upon the armed men to surrender their arms and end their activities. “˜”˜I’ll visit various districts to monitor it.– Sufi Muhammad made it clear that his cooperation would depend on sharia’s implementation in “˜”˜letter and spirit–.
Talking to TOI from an undisclosed location, Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan echoed Sufi Muhammad’s call for implementation of sharia across Pakistan. “˜”˜Our demand for Sharia wasn’t Swat-specific. We”ll continue our struggle for implementation of sharia outside the Pashto-speaking areas,– he said. Khan said Taliban would “˜”˜make Swat a model of good governance and soon people in other areas will also demand the same set-up–. He said Swat people had sacrificed for the sharia cause. “˜”˜People who opposed sharia were neither sincere to Islam nor the nation.–
Khan contradicted Sufi Muhammad’s pledge to disarm. “˜”˜Taliban will neither abandon their organisation nor weapons. Laying down arms wasn’t part of the peace deal,– he said. Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari approved sharia law for Malakand division on Monday after the national assembly passed it.