Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Pakistan: Clerics issue fatwa against coming down from hilltops

Clerics issue fatwa against coming down from hilltops

Clerics in Allai area of Battagram have reportedly issued a fatwa forbidding people from descending the hilltop and a federal minister on Tuesday warned that 50,000 people or more in the Allai area could die if they do not come down. The people of Allai have so far not descended from the hilltop and their reluctance largely stems from a reported fatwa by some local clerics that it was un-Islamic to flee from a disaster zone. Another reason for people refusing to come down to live in the tent villages in the valley was the fear of local politicians that they might lose potential voters if the people decided to quit the area for good. “The lives of 40,000 to 50,000 people are at stake. They will freeze to death if they continue to stay on the hilltop,” said Engineer Amir Muqqam, the state minister for water and power, while talking to Daily Times after visiting the earthquake areas to review the ongoing relief operations in Balakot. “What makes me worry most is that the Allai people are still reluctant to come down,” he said. “They cannot live through the harsh cold weather in the donated tents,” the minister said. “There is a lot of negative propaganda in the area,” Muqqam said.

25 men arrested for flying kites

The city police arrested 25 men including a general councillor of Icchra area and registered cases in the various parts of Lahore for violating the Supreme Court’s orders against kite flying on Tuesday. According to a police spokesman, Icchra police arrested Waheed, Sheroze, Tariq Masih and Muhammad Asghar for flying kites. General councillor Jehangir and accomplice Rasheed resisted on which the officials arrested them and registered cases against them. Tibbi police arrested Allah Ditta, Rahim, Zia, Tahir and Khalid while Lower Mall police arrested Ali Imran, Yousaf, Tariq and Nasir for flying kites.


At November 09, 2005 2:47 AM, Blogger talnik said...

Huh? They can't fly kites on Tuesdays?

At November 09, 2005 3:29 AM, Blogger Ole said...

Boy, I'd be in deep doo doo if I lived there. My wife is always telling me "to go fly a kite".

At November 09, 2005 4:54 AM, Blogger John B said...

If Tuesday is out, is there any point in asking if I can fly a kite on Friday. Sorry mullah, just joking. :-)

I guess smileys don't work over there.

At November 09, 2005 5:11 AM, Blogger John Sobieski said...

What's so frigging special about Islam on Tuesday? I am sure they have some 'rational' justification.

At November 09, 2005 7:54 AM, Blogger ik said...

Actually kite flying is a Hindu custom - hence it offends the mullahs - they are always trying to remove hindu / pagan rituals

At November 09, 2005 1:25 PM, Blogger erp said...

I think the kite flying has to do with communicating with the mothership. Perhaps the time has come for the pilgrims to be brought back up for the long ride home to the big Madrassa in the sky.

Ban on kite flying demonstrates nicely the religion of peace and where its values lie.

At November 09, 2005 1:38 PM, Blogger France Sucks said...

I can't buy beer or groceries on Sunday where I live in the Netherlands. Obtaining a license to open your business on Sunday is nearly impossible. For me, the problem is religion, not whether Islam is more screwed up than Christianity or Judaism. They all suck.


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