Mul­lah Aziz wants a ‘caliphate’ in Pak­istan

Khaleej Times - - PAKISTAN -

> Ten years af­ter the mil­i­tary raid on Red Mosque made in­ter­na­tional head­lines, Mul­lah Ab­dul Aziz re­mains in­flu­en­tial, over­see­ing a net­work of sem­i­nar­ies. > Mul­lah Aziz wants a “caliphate” to be es­tab­lished in Pak­istan. > Aziz shot to promi­nence for his in­flam­ma­tory ser­mons, ad­vo­cat­ing ji­had against the West and a hard­line in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Is­lam. > The mul­lah was ar­rested as he tried to flee the be­sieged mosque in a burqa. > He faced two dozen in­dict­ments, in­clud­ing in­cite­ment to ha­tred, mur­der and kid­nap­ping. But Aziz was re­leased on bail in 2009. > He was ac­quit­ted in all th­ese cases, and the gov­ern­ment has cho­sen not to file ap­peals.

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