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Pak Media Rallies Behind Musharraf

Braving the ire of hardliners and militants, the media in general has welcomed the General's strong words to the clergy.

Pak Media Rallies Behind Musharraf
Pak Media Rallies Behind Musharraf
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Pakistani media has rallied behind military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf for his attack on religious groups despite threatening reactions from fundamentalists.

The media, which studiously avoids criticism of the ulema and the Jihadi groups, prominently displayed General Musharraf's tirade against the clerics for making "tall claims" to hoist the Islamic flag over red fort and extended tacit editorial support to him.

They ignored violent reactions from extremist groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba, which warned the military ruler of dire consequences for making such remarks.

Extending support to the military ruler, 'the dawn' in an editorial said "Gen Musharraf's speech deserves to be applauded for its utter candour, incisiveness and bold spirit".

"Characterised by forthrightness even to the point of bluntness, it might cause some eyebrows to be raised in some quarters, the speech nevertheless provides food for thought for the large majority of the thinking section of the people who are increasingly troubled by the growing manifestations of religious and other forms of bigotry and intolerance affecting various layers of society and the implications of these for the country's future", it said.

The editorial said "Gen. Musharraf specifically referred to irresponsible talk (by religious hardliners) with regard to India and the adverse effect it has on India's Muslim minority. This bravado, out of proportion to harsh realities, also affects Pakistan's image in the outside world, especially the west, and helps those anti-Pakistan's lobbies which are very keen to have this country declared a rogue state".

'The nation' daily said "anyone aware of how a particular section of ulema had opposed the creation of Pakistan and defamed its founding fathers would readily concede that the practice of using religion for ulterior political motives must be stopped".

"No investor will risk money in a country where terrorist outfits not only can kill with impunity senior government administrators and policemen, but also threaten judges trying their cases", it said, adding "this has gone on too long and there is a need to put a stop to it now".

Gen Musharraf's speech also received support from the Urdu press. The 'Jung' daily said "...We should realise that the claims of raising flag on the red fort are contrary to the dignity of Islam and the nation. Such statements distort Pakistan's image".

Another Urdu daily 'Pakistan' said religious leaders should identify such elements in their parties and groups, which have been damaging country's image abroad and fulfill their responsibility towards the nation.

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