British Islamists to issue fatwa against shot Pakistani girl Malala

ISLAMABAD Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:17pm IST

Pakistani students stand by a portrait of Malala Yousufzai as they attend a meeting organized by South Asian Women in media to mark ''Malala Day'' in Lahore November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Pakistani students stand by a portrait of Malala Yousufzai as they attend a meeting organized by South Asian Women in media to mark ''Malala Day'' in Lahore November 10, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Mohsin Raza

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A new British-based Islamist group plans to meet in Islamabad to issue a religious decree against a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, accusing her of supporting "occupying" U.S. forces.

The move against Malala Yousufzai, 15, is likely to provoke outrage. In the days following her shooting in October, she became an international icon and world leaders pledged to support her campaign for girls' education.

"There will be a fatwa issued regarding Malala Yousufzai taking into account the full story of her injury including her public statements in support of the occupying U.S. army in the region and mocking of key symbols of Islam such as hijab and jihad," said Abu Baraa, a senior member of Shariah4Pakistan.

The group, whose website features a blog below a photograph of Yousufzai in a hospital bed titled "Don't Believe The Crocodile Tears for Malala Yousufzai", is associated with some of Britain's most hardline Islamists.

Anjem Choudary, a prominent radical cleric in Britain, said the fatwa could be issued on November 30 at Lal Masjid, one of Pakistan's most notorious mosques, where a 2007 army raid crushed a Taliban-style movement controlling the compound.

The mosque's deputy head, Maulana Amir Siddique, denied the group would hold such a conference but organisers insisted they did not need permission to gather in a public place of worship.

Yousufzai is recovering in a British hospital.

Neither Baraa nor Choudary would say what punishment Yousufzai might face if the group found her guilty of violating Islam.

"Nobody is saying we are going to get out our swords and go and look for Malala... The point is a wider issue: it is about the American and Pakistani involvement in maintaining the British and American interests ...," Choudary told Reuters.

"Malala is one of the issues we are going to be addressing because she is being used as a propaganda tool by the enemies of Muslims to say: 'Look, Muslims don't believe in education' which is absurd."

Tens of thousands of Britons have called on the government to nominate Yousufzai for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work promoting girls' education.

Her shooting was the culmination of years of campaigning that had pitted the young girl against one of Pakistan's most ruthless Taliban commanders, Maulana Fazlullah.

Fazlullah and his men had taken over Yusufzai's native Swat Valley and have blown up girls' schools and publicly executed those they deem immoral. An army offensive in Swat forced many Taliban fighters to flee. (Editing by Jonathan Thatcher)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Top News

TOP SHOWCASE

Mideast Conflict

Mideast Conflict

Israel says ready to extend short Gaza truce; many bodies pulled from rubble.  Full Article 

Cricket Controversy

Cricket Controversy

We're hurting at Jadeja punishment, says Dhoni.  Full Article 

Tax Regime

Tax Regime

New govt promises low and stable tax regime for economic revival  Full Article 

Health Alert

Health Alert

India battles to contain "brain fever" as deaths reach almost 570.  Full Article 

Standoff At WTO

Standoff At WTO

India threatens to derail WTO deal, prompts angry U.S. rebuke.  Full Article 

Army in Islamabad

Army in Islamabad

Wary Pakistan puts military in charge of capital's security  Full Article 

Downed MH17

Downed MH17

Britain says highly likely MH17 shot down by Russian-supplied missile.  Full Article 

Drogba's Back

Drogba's Back

Chelsea re-sign striker Drogba  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage