Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Taking the Battle to the Airwaves

This article reveals another aspect of Afghanistan affairs. Mohsini is a Shi'ite cleric from Kandahar and may in fact provide an alternative to disaffected Pushtuns in that region.

Afghan cleric takes Islamic battle to the airwaves
By Sayed Salahuddin

"Mohseni is launching a semi-Islamic television channel which does not focus exclusively on Islamic teachings.
'The general beliefs of people are being ignored, people are betrayed, our history and culture is played with. We will talk about these to people in order to enable them to find their identity.'
'Our television is the tongue of the silent majority ... These people want bread, water, clothes; these people want knowledge, they do not want Indian culture to govern them,' he added.
Every day, people come in droves to seek his advice on religious matters, disputes and for guidance."

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