Monday, May 22, 2006

Qaeda-Linked Thug Sold Christians Into Slavery

The Times of London has the story about a senior member of an Islamic group linked to Al Qaeda who kidnapped Christian boys from the Punjab and sold them into slavery:

[Gul] Khan was exposed in a sting organised by American and Pakistani missionaries who decided to save 20 such boys and return them to their homes. Using a secret camera, they filmed him accepting $28,500 (£15,000) from a Pakistani missionary posing as a businessman who said he wanted to set up an operation in which the boys would beg for cash on the streets.

Khan was observed driving from the meeting with a knapsack full of cash to the JUD headquarters at Muridke, near Lahore.

The base was funded by Osama Bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda leader, in the late 1990s and the JUD’s assets were frozen last month by the US Treasury after it was designated a terrorist organisation.
The article goes on to say that "the undercover missionaries have demanded the prosecution of Khan and an investigation into his work for the JUD, which claims to have created a 'pure Islamic environment' at Muridke."

Apparently the Pakistani government, a U.S. ally in the war on terror, doesn't automatically consider enslaving Christians to be a crime worthy of prosecution.

Thanks to Becky and Tom for the tip.