Monday, June 06, 2005

Qazi says 9/11 was a planned conspiracy to crush Muslims

The events of 9/11 were designed to crush Muslims all over the world, said Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) president and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) ameer, on Saturday.

After the fall of Communism, the US made Muslims its prime target and the NATO secretary general declared that after Communism, Islamic fundamentalism was the biggest danger to the world, Qazi said while addressing the annual certificate distribution ceremony of Syed Maududi International Institute of Islamic Education.

Qazi said the Pakistani government was working as an “agent” of the US and NATO, who have established military bases in Afghanistan near Pakistani borders. He said that General Pervez Musharraf is working as an American ally against Islamic movements and is also a friend of India. He condemned Musharraf for saying that Israeli premier Ariel Sharon was a brave general and soldier.

The MMA accused Gen Musharraf of provoking people against religious forces and asking them not to vote for religious parties because they are extremists, which was a violation of the constitution. He said that Musharraf was an opponent of Muslim unity and was dividing the Muslims.

Qazi said that the military and bureaucracy had been trying to eliminate Islamic leaders since independence. He said that the honour and independence of ulema would be protected.

He said sectarianism was not only a religious division, but a geographical division as well. He said that the institute had been successful in making students, from different cultures and speaking different languages, live and study together under an Islamic environment.

Earlier, Col (r) Umar Farooq Ghazi, principal of the institute, delivered a welcome address and said that one hundred students from ten countries study at the institution. Chaudhry Rehmat Ilahi, Islamic Education Society chairman and JI naib ameer and Abdul Ghaffar Aziz, chairman of the institute, were also present.

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