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    After attack on Afghanistan, condemnation in Pakistan

    After attack on Afghanistan, condemnation in Pakistan



    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Several influential clerics swiftly denounced U.S. and British retaliatory attacks on Afghanistan late Sunday, calling them an attack against Islam and grounds for holy war. One organization summoned Muslims to "extend full support to their Afghan brothers."

    Pakistan's government, which has thrown its support behind the U.S.-led coalition against terrorism, said it regretted that diplomatic efforts did not succeed and called for the U.S. action to remain "clearly targeted."

    The influential Afghan Defense Council, which is sympathetic to the Taliban, issued a call for holy war. The council based in the eastern city of Lahore comprises more than 30 religious and militant groups.

    "It is the duty of every Muslim to support their brothers in this critical hour," said Riaz Durana, the council's central leader. "We will support the Taliban physically and morally against the aggression of America."

    Munawar Hassan, deputy chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan's most powerful religious political party, called the strikes on the capital, Kabul, "an attack against Islam."

    Hassan warned of "serious backlash" within Pakistan's military against President Pervez Musharraf, a general who came to power in a bloodless military coup in 1999.

    "The Pakistan army does not agree with Musharraf," Hassan said, calling for protest rallies across the nation Monday. Musharraf's decision to support the U.S.-led coalition has angered some Pakistanis.

    The strikes, in response to the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, came Sunday night, a day after Bush warned the Taliban that time was running out for them to hand over bin Laden and his lieutenants or face the consequences.

    President Bush has emphasized that the United States has no quarrel with Islam, only with terrorists and those who harbor them.

    "The United States of America is a friend to the Afghan people, and we are the friends of almost a billion worldwide who practice the Islamic faith," Bush said Sunday, announcing the attacks. He said the United Sates will also drop food, medicine and supplies in Afghanistan.

    The militant group Haraka ul-Mujahedeen also condemned the attacks.

    "Americans have used their might to kill innocent people in Afghanistan instead of targeting training camps," said Amar Mehdi, spokesman for the group, which advocates the independence of Indian-ruled Kashmir.

    There was no indication of any casualties when he spoke.

    Haraka ul-Mujahedeen is among the organizations whose assets were frozen by the United States, Pakistan and other countries as part of a campaign against movements linked to bin Laden, the prime suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Pakistan's foreign ministry issued a statement imploring the United States to take "every care" to minimize harm to Afghan citizens buffeted by years of war.

    "We also hope that the operations will end soon and a concerted international effort will be undertaken to promote national reconciliation and help Afghanistan with economic reconstruction," the statement said.

    Pakistan shares a 1,050-mile border with Afghanistan. Languages, ethnic groups and even family ties overlap, and many Pakistanis, even those with no sympathy for the ruling Taliban militia, are reluctant to see Afghanistan attacked.

    A group of Muslim clerics was in special session in Lahore to discuss the Afghanistan crisis when word of the military action reached them.

    The group, Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith Pakistan, issued an immediate condemnation and said Americans now face a "highly critical situation" in the Muslim world.

    "We appeal to all Muslims living anywhere in the world to extend full support to their Afghan brothers in this critical time," said Sazid Mir, the organization's president and a prominent scholar and religious leader.

    "We have no idea to what extent they have caused damage in Afghanistan," Mir said, "but we are grieved, shocked and worried."

    Some religious leaders from Afghanistan were also present at the meeting, Mir said.

    In the southwestern city of Quetta, near the Afghan border, Abdullah Hakim, an office assistant, blamed the United States for the crisis.

    "Anti-American forces have started this war against Islam," said Hakim, 48. "After a few days, the world will turn in favor of the Taliban."

    And from retired soldier Mohammed Iqbal: "Any Muslim who claims that he is a Muslim will not support this attack."

    Source: The Associated Press

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    to the Muslims

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      #3
      to the muslims who believe all humans r equal and social justice is formost thing in glorious religion of Islam.. I would never support Talibans and their hatred towards people of other faiths in Islam and minorities..
      Saints are fine for Heaven, but they are hell on earth.

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        Originally posted by Degas:
        to the muslims who believe all humans r equal and social justice is formost thing in glorious religion of Islam.. I would never support Talibans and their hatred towards people of other faiths in Islam and minorities..
        Taliban or no Taliban I'm talking about the Muslims who have to suffer due to the barbaric attacks by America on Muslims, and Muslims who harbour them to do so like the government of Pakistan, Pakistan should not let America use it's air space at all.

        And the only legitimate government in Islam is the Khilafah and this is what the Muslims should call for this is the only justice for the whole of humanity.

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          #5
          To the people who protested and burned buildings and cars i just have one question to ask IS this what u call jehad? Burning the property of other muslims is jehad? U want to do jehad go and fight America why cause trouble for other muslims. Where in Islam all this that u people r doing allowed?

          As for Osama Bin Lafen all i want to say is so many innocent muslims are suffering because of his so called jehad same applies for taliban. No muslim can support attacks on Afghanistan but to be honest taliban could have resolved the issue peacefully but "JEHAD" is what they want so there is nothing Pakistan can do.

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            #6
            Nothing Pakistan can do get real brother to allow the use of air space for the killing of Muslims is a crime Pakistan can stand and say NO! what has happened to Iran?

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