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'Musharraf wants to see brothels in Pak'

MMA president Qazi Hussain Ahmed's reaction came after Musharraf signed into law an amendment to the country's controversial rape statute.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2006 14:31 IST

MMA president Qazi Hussain Ahmed has said that by putting his signature on the Women's Protection Bill, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had given enough indications that he wanted to "see brothels across the country".

Ahmed, the chief of the alliance of various Islamic religious parties, said that he would continue his stir against Musharraf till his ouster.

"Musharraf is exploiting the issue of women's rights and wants to see brothels everywhere in the country under the supervision of the police and Army," the Daily Times quoted the Qazi as saying at a MMA rally held here on Friday evening.

The rally, which started from Madressa Talim-ul-Quran, Raja Bazar, ended at Fawwara Chowk, with participants chanting slogans against the United States, Musharraf and the passage of the Women's Protection Bill.

Qazi Ahmed further said that the list of Musharraf's crimes was "getting longer" and that the passage of the Women's Protection Bill implied amendments to laws in the Quran and Sunnah, and was hence "one of the President's major crimes".

The MMA chief also alleged that Musharraf had used Pakistan's armed forces against the people of Waziristan, and was also responsible for the killing of 80 innocent people, including children, in Bajaur.

"Musharraf does not have the moral or legal courage to admit that the seminary in Bajaur was attacked by the US," Qazi said and added that if the general elections took place under Musharraf's supervision, they would "certainly be rigged". MMA would not accept the results of such elections, he added.

First Published: Dec 02, 2006 12:37 IST