January 29, 2001 |
Masked gunmen ambushed a religious school's van, killing five Sunni Muslims and wounding three others in the latest round of religious violence in Karachi, Pakistan's main city, police said. The attack led to violent protests, and five students were hurt when police opened fire on demonstrators.
December 28, 2000 |
Abu Samara was a gangling lad of 14 when he joined the jihad. He was still too much of a boy to grow the beard required of holy warriors. But he wasn't too young to master the weapons of war. Within weeks, his long, thin fingers were proficient with assault rifles, hand grenades, rocket launchers and the militants' deadliest device: remote-controlled explosives. Then he volunteered to die. Over the next decade, Abu Samara learned advanced weaponry in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan.
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December 8, 1999 |
The three sisters said they had been in hiding for four years in Pakistan, going underground because they would not renounce their Christian faith and embrace Islam. So when they arrived Tuesday in Los Angeles, after being spirited out of Pakistan with help from the Christian Rescue Committee, they gave thanks. Actor Dean Jones, who heads the committee, met Cathrain Shaheen and her sisters, Josephin and Saraphin, at Los Angeles International Airport.
October 24, 1999 |
Of all the ways to measure the Islamic zeal of this country's new rulers, one of the most popular is the counting of beards. The presence of a long beard on a Pakistani male is often regarded here as a crude but quick way to spot an adherent of an extreme interpretation of the Islamic faith. Experts watching the Pakistani army, which seized power in a coup Oct. 12, are relieved to find that the number of beards among senior officers is still decidedly low. Gen.
October 10, 1998 |
Pakistan's parliament on Friday took the first step in approving a law that would make it easier for the government to impose Islam in daily life, a proposal that is threatening to drive the world's newest nuclear power toward political chaos. The measure, pushed through the lower house by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, makes the Koran the supreme law of Pakistan and grants the government powers to enforce it.
September 11, 1998 |
A Pakistani court has for the first time sentenced a Muslim to death for blasphemy. Ghulam Akbar Khan, a member of Pakistan's Shiite Muslim minority, was convicted of taking the name of Islam's prophet Muhammad in vain during a scuffle with a rival Sunni Muslim in 1995. He can appeal the death sentence to a higher court. The blasphemy law, introduced in 1986, allows the death penalty for anyone who profanes Muhammad or Islam.