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Red Mosque reopens in Islamabad

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Red Mosque reopens in Islamabad


Islamabad’s Red Mosque has reopened, two weeks after a bloody army siege claimed more than 100 victims. The event was marked by scuffles as religious students protested against a government-appointed imam, throwing him out of the mosque. The protestors are demanding the return of the mosque’s former chief cleric who has been jailed and the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf. Security was tightened in the Pakistani capital on Friday ahead of the reopening of the mosque which is meant to cool anger over the siege and the fact that a religious site was the scene of violence. Radical Islamists demanding the implementation of Sharia law took over the mosque earlier this month and stayed holed up inside for a week, with women and children from the nearby religious school, before security forces launched the deadly assault.

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