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Pro-Taliban cleric declares MQM chief Altaf infidel

A pro-Taliban cleric, who was instrumental in the passage of Sharia laws for Pakistan’s restive Swat valley, has declared MQM chief Altaf Hussain an infidel, saying the Mohajir leader “had nothing to do with Islam”.

world Updated: Apr 20, 2009 01:28 IST

A pro-Taliban cleric, who was instrumental in the passage of Sharia laws for Pakistan’s restive Swat valley, has declared MQM chief Altaf Hussain an infidel, saying the Mohajir leader “had nothing to do with Islam”.

Sufi Muhammad, chief of Tehreek Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM), said the Pakistani lawmakers who opposed the promulgation of Nizam-e-Adl Regulation in the National Assembly were no longer Muslims.

Sufi told the Daily Times newspaper that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Hussain had nothing to do with Islam.

The TNSM had threatened last week to name those lawmakers who opposed the ratification of the Sharia as “non-Muslims”.

“Even Holy prophets had no authority to make religious laws or amend them, then how can the National Assembly do it,” TNSM spokesman Amir Izzat Khan was quoted as saying in the media.

“If members of the National Assembly opposed the judicial system of the Shariat-e-Muhammadi, they will enter the category of non-Muslims and Pakistan will become Darul Harb,” Amir Izzat had warned.

Muslim Khan, the spokesman for the Swat militants, warned that those opposing the Nizam-e-Adl would be declared “Murtad” or apostate. “Then, he or she should contest election on minority seat, if he or she remains alive,” he said.