Jamaat-e-Islami warns Musharraf
against pursuing secular policies
Pakistan's most-organised religious party, the Jamaat-e-Islami,
today warned the country's military rulers against pursuing any secular policies.
''Only the system of Islam will be allowed in Pakistan. If anyone
has secular or Communist leanings, he should leave Pakistan,'' party
chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed said in a statement.
Ahmed was reacting to a reported remark by the country's
military leader, General Pervez Musharraf, that he admired Kamal
Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, and considered him a role
Ahmed said Ataturk's policies of adopting Latin script for the
Turkish language and banning Islamic prayers in the Arabic language
had been rejected by the Turkish people.
Gen Musharraf was quoted by Turkish journalists who interviewed
him after he had overthrown the civilian government on October 12,
as saying that ''as a model, Kamal Ataturk did a great deal for
Turkey. I have his biography. We will see what I can do for
Already, he has announced that a national security council will
be formed - on the Turkish pattern - to frame policies and to guide
Another conservative Islamic party, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, has
demanded that an expert in Islamic affairs be included in the
proposed seven-member council.
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