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TOI: 15,000 Islamic militants rally against Powell visit
17/10/2001 11:31 am Wed
[Di Malaysia pembangkang hanya berani bersyarah di malam hari dan kutip
derma isi poket sendiri!!!! - Mat Teropong
Di Malaysia lebih banyak bising dari tindakan.... bayangkan umat Islam Thailand
telah menganjurkan boikot barangan Amerika walaupun jumlah mereka tidaklah
QUETTA: The southwest Pakistani city of Quetta was shut
down Monday in line with a nationwide strike as about
15,000 Islamic militants rallied against a visit by US
secretary of state Colin Powell.
The crowd filled a disused cricket stadium for a third time since
October 7, when the US began its retaliation for the September
11 attacks on New York and Washington.
"America must die" the crowd yelled in unison as Taliban battle
flags flew across the stadium. Demonstrators gave clenched-fist
salutes and chanted their support for the Taliban regime and
alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.
The rally was organised by the Jamiat-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) and
protestors again lashed-out at Pakistan's military ruler Pervez
Musharraf, his support for the US campaign and the detention of
senior JUI leaders. JUI chief Fazalur Rahman was released from
house arrest in the southern capital of Karachi on Sunday only
to be arrested again early Monday after travelling overland to
"Musharraf has no respect for allowing infidel forces on the
sacred land of Pakistan to attack a neighbouring Muslim country
where true Islamic laws are enforced," a cleric, Maulana
Haqqani, told the rally.
Another cleric, Hafiz Hussain Sharoodi, said Powell would be
able "to gauge the sentiments of Muslims and their sentiments
Powell was scheduled to arrive in Pakistan late Monday and
then travel to India. Afghanistan and Kashmir are expected to
figure prominently in talks with leaders from both countries.
His arrival came as American-led bombardments which senior
Islamic religious figures here have described as terrorism entered
a second week.
"America is evil. It always played havoc on Muslim lands like
Washington is doing now in Palestine," Sharoodi said.
The rally dispersed peacefully amid a heavy police and military
[Di Malaysia macam mana? - Mat Teropong
Di Malaysia rajanya pergi berubat di luar negara walaupun sakitnya bukanlah
seteruk mana berbanding seorang lagi yang sedang merana. Dan di Malaysia
penyakit melompat sudah biasa asalkan ada wangnya.... walaupun itu bererti
melanggar sumpah dan ikrar sebelumnya. Juga ada yang tidak seberapa penting
menjadi lebih penting dari ketuanya. Aziz Shamsuddin dan Musa Muhamaad tentu
ada pelbagai kisah untuk dicerita.
DOHA: Confusion reigned on Monday as to the
whereabouts of Taliban foreign minister Wakel Ahmad
Mutawakel amid signs of his possible defection. The
Taliban maintained that the reports were false.
The official UAE news agency WAM reported that Mutawakel -
who has not been seen or heard from for days in Afghanistan -
went to Islamabad on Sunday and may have defected. "He may
represent dissidents within the Taliban after a row with Mullah
Mohammad Omar," WAM said, quoting informed sources. The
UAE had cut off ties with the Taliban in the aftermath of the
September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
Taliban's former charge d'affaires in Abu Dhabi, Aziz
Abdurrahman, was quoted by the Qatari channel as denying
reports that the minister had defected. "This has no impact on the
unity of the Taliban," he said, adding that the Islamic militia "is
seeking mediation" by Islamic countries with the United States.
Subsequently, Arab satellite news station Al-Jazeera reported
that Mutawakel arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
overnight seeking to push Islamic countries to mediate with the
United States, an Arab television station said on Monday.
According to Al-Jazeera, the trip by Wakil Ahmed Mutawakel,
who went to Pakistan on Sunday, was allegedly made "in
consultation" with Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.
The Taliban, however, denied reports that foreign minister Wakil
Ahmed Mutawakel had left the country and said their supreme
leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was still alive. Officials of the
United Arab Emirates also maintained, that Mutawakel was not in
the country. "He is not here," an official source said.
The report came as Afghanistan's influential ex-monarch
Mohammad Zahir Shah sent a senior delegation to Pakistan for
talks with President Pervez Musharraf, sources close to the
former royal family said Sunday.
But sources said the dispatch of the delegation has upset the
anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, with which the former monarch
agreed on October 1 to form a supreme council that can elect a
head of state and transitional government.
US Secretary of State Colin Powell left for South Asia on Sunday
in an attempt to strike a delicate balance between nuclear rivals
India and Pakistan as well as explore options for post-Taliban
With the US-led war on terrorism in Afghanistan prompting
violent anti-US protests and exacerbating India-Pakistan
tensions over Kashmir, the State Department has classified
Powell's itinerary as "secret."
US offers Taliban role in future state [Portion Only]
By Raymond Whitaker
17 October 2001
Signs that the Taliban government might be crumbling included news
of a clash in Kandahar between Taliban police and armed Arabs,
and a mysterious visit to Pakistan by the Afghan foreign minister,
Mullah Abdul Wakil Muttawakil. He was reported to have asked for a
three-day pause in the bombing campaign to allow him and other
Taliban officials to travel to Kandahar from Kabul in an effort to
persuade the Taliban's leader, Mullah Mohamad Omar, to hand over
Osama bin Laden.
Since the bombing began, the Taliban has repeated an offer to send Mr bin Laden to a third country for trial if the US showed what evidence it had against him, but President George Bush has consistently refused to enter negotiation.