Wednesday, 21 February 2007

People of faith

Part one:
A Pakistani minister and woman’s activist has been shot dead by an Islamic extremist for refusing to wear the veil.

Zilla Huma Usman, the minister for social welfare in Punjab province and an ally of President Pervez Musharraf, was killed as she was about to deliver a speech to dozens of party activists, by a “fanatic”, who believed that she was dressed inappropriately and that women should not be involved in politics, officials said.
The gunman, Mohammad Sarwar, was overpowered by the minister’s driver and arrested by police. A stone mason in his mid 40s, he is not thought to belong to any radical group but is known for his fanaticism. He was previously held in 2002 in connection with the killing and mutilation of four prostitutes, but was never convicted due to lack of evidence.

Mr Sarwar appeared relaxed and calm when he told a television channel that he had carried out God’s order to kill women who sinned. “I have no regrets. I just obeyed Allah’s commandment,” he said, adding that Islam did not allow women to hold positions of leadership. “I will kill all those women who do not follow the right path, if I am freed again,” he said.
Part two:
We need to have a person of faith lead the country.

Mitt Romney, 17 February 2007
Was there ever a man of more unshakable faith, of greater moral certainty than Mohammad Sarwar?


  1. You ought to listen to this gem - John Humphrys interviewing Tony Blair.

    The best bit is right at the end where John Humphrys points out why a manichean politician is an ineffective leader.

  2. hey Dan - I notice the 'old comments' sidebar includes the one where I comment on you being seriously dishy. I wonder, is the new comments really broken?

  3. The comments are replete with raves about my physical appearance. Your message was simply part of a representative sample.

  4. Methinks your version of a 'representative sample' may lack statistical credibility. Not that this proves that you are not dishy or anything.

  5. Thanks, mate. You're kinda cute yourself, in a statistically significant way.

  6. Oh, you two are getting me all hot talking that way.


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