Felicitations to Fatima

Felicitations to Fatima

mosques of
anti -islam
where god does not live
misplaced martyrdom
sectarian hate
more than Allah
a thought outlive
an eye for an eye
nothing else to give
its not just about Hussain
that as tabarrah we dont forgive
its the hurt to Bibi Fatima
on this day of her Willadat
we as Shias relive

Pakistani Militants Snub Surrender Call

The Associated Press
Friday, July 6, 2007; 3:27 AM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The head of a radical mosque besieged by government forces in the heart of Pakistan’s capital rejected calls for an unconditional surrender Friday, saying he and his die-hard followers were ready for martyrdom.

As the siege of the Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, entered the third day, troops rocked the complex with gunfire and explosions but appeared to be holding back from a potentially bloody final assault.

We will not surrender. We will be martyred, but we will not surrender," Abdul Rashid Ghazi, the mosque’s senior cleric, told GEO television, a private channel. "We are more determined now."

The government was keen to avoid a bloodbath that would further damage President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s embattled administration and said troops would not storm the mosque while women and children were inside.

Two dozen parents and other family members waited anxiously behind security barriers some 200 yards from the mosque, with about 10 allowed to approach the shrine’s entrance.

During lulls in the fighting, some parents have approached the mosque, handed notes to those inside with the names of their children, who have then emerged. Most are young students at the mosque’s seminaries for males and females.

Gunfire rang out around the mosque before dawn and again later Friday morning. Armed troops and barbed wire coils on the streets near the mosque prevented journalists from going near the scene.

There were no immediate reports of injuries and it was not possible to determine who initiated the latest bout of shooting.

Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao said soldiers were trying to blast holes in the walls of the fortress-like compound of the mosque and an adjoining seminary for girls, seeking to wear down the defenders’ resolve and force a surrender without a battle.

In the interview, Ghazi denied government allegations that he was holding some of the young students as hostages and also rejected that he was only acting as a front man for hard-core militants within the mosque.

The Minister for Religious Affairs Ijazul Haq said in an interview Friday with GEO television that "militants" were in command and control and that Ghazi was just being used for "media management."

He said indirect negotiations were proceeding, with clerics trying to persuade Ghazi to give up.


Posted by firoze shakir photographerno1 on 2007-07-06 08:05:56

Tagged: , firoze shakir poetry , photographerno1 , lal masjid , wiladat bibi fatima , mujhaida , mujhaideen , yazidiyat , misplaced martyrdom , associated press , washington post , tabbarah , manipulated or used whole or in part without the written permission of Firoze Shakir , poems by firoze shakir , beggar poet of mumbai

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