Taliban cleric vows to impose sharia across Pakistan

April 19th, 2009 - 6:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Islamabad, April 19 (IANS) Taliban-linked radical cleric Maulana Sufi Mohammed Sunday said existing judicial system of Pakistan was un-Islamic and vowed to impose sharia all across the country.
Sufi Mohammed, chief of the Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat Muhammadi (TNSM), termed judges, lawyers and pro-democracy clerics of Pakistan as “rebels”.

“Opposition to enforcement of (the law as per) the holy Quran is infidelity,” the online edition of the Nation newspaper quoted the radical cleric as saying at a huge rally in Mingora, a city in the troubled Swat district in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

The judicial system of Pakistan, he said, is un-Islamic and the judgments of sharia courts could not be challenged in these courts.

“High courts and the Supreme Court were ‘ghair sharaiee’ (un-Islamic) institutions and going for appeal in ‘ghair sharaiee’ institutions was ‘haram’ (prohibited as per Islamic code).”

Sufi Mohammed’s TNSM and the NWFP government Feb 16 inked a controversial peace deal under which Sharia laws would be imposed in Swat and six other districts of Malakand in return for the Taliban laying down their arms.

Thousands had gathered at the Gassi ground in Mingora to attend Sufi Muhammad’s rally.

Sufi Mohammed also criticized the rulers saying “they were appeasing the West by thrusting the Nizam of Kufr (rule of infidelity)”.

He said that he wanted peace and affection among the Muslims and “wish to set up an environment of brotherhood.”

“But the Muslims were divided in different parties, we direly need unity at this time.”

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