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Pakistani religion minister shot

Local television pictures of the wounded minister in the back of a car

Pakistan's minister for religious affairs has been wounded and his driver killed in a gun attack in Islamabad.

The minister, Hamid Saeed Kazmi, was hit in the leg when two gunmen shot into his car as he left work.

Another passenger in the vehicle believed to be a security guard was also injured, police say.

The attackers escaped on a motorbike. It is not clear who carried out the attack. Mr Kazmi has been an outspoken critic of the Taliban.

The security forces in Islamabad have been put on high alert.

'State of shock'

Television footage showed Mr Kazmi being taken away in an ambulance. There were blood stains on the car's seats and its windows were shattered.

"Gunmen sprayed bullets on the minister's car," a police officer told Reuters news agency.

Senior medical official Shaukat Hameed Kiani said Mr Kazmi's leg had been fractured by a bullet.

"His condition is stable, but he is in a state of shock," he said.

Shazia Nazir, a doctor at the hospital treating Mr Kazmi, told the AFP news agency that the minister's driver had been brought in dead, with a bullet wound to the head, and that a security guard had been seriously wounded.

Health Minister Aijaz Jhakrani has denied there were any lapses in security, saying the incident was "a targeted attack", AFP reported.

The BBC's Aleem Maqbool in Islamabad says Mr Kazmi has been involved in the Pakistani government's controversial drive to reform religious schools in the country.

He has been working with leading clerics to issue a fatwa, declaring suicide bombing un-Islamic.

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Mission Overview

Most Western societies are based on Secular Democracy, which itself is based on the concept that the open marketplace of ideas leads to the optimum government. Whilst that model has been very successful, it has defects. The 4 Freedoms address 4 of the principal vulnerabilities, and gives corrections to them. 

At the moment, one of the main actors exploiting these defects, is Islam, so this site pays particular attention to that threat.

Islam, operating at the micro and macro levels, is unstoppable by individuals, hence: "It takes a nation to protect the nation". There is not enough time to fight all its attacks, nor to read them nor even to record them. So the members of 4F try to curate a representative subset of these events.

We need to capture this information before it is removed.  The site already contains sufficient information to cover most issues, but our members add further updates when possible.

We hope that free nations will wake up to stop the threat, and force the separation of (Islamic) Church and State. This will also allow moderate Muslims to escape from their totalitarian political system.

The 4 Freedoms

These 4 freedoms are designed to close 4 vulnerabilities in Secular Democracy, by making them SP or Self-Protecting (see Hobbes's first law of nature). But Democracy also requires - in addition to the standard divisions of Executive, Legislature & Judiciary - a fourth body, Protector of the Open Society (POS), to monitor all its vulnerabilities (see also Popper). 
1. SP Freedom of Speech
Any speech is allowed - except that advocating the end of these freedoms
2. SP Freedom of Election
Any party is allowed - except one advocating the end of these freedoms
3. SP Freedom from Voter Importation
Immigration is allowed - except where that changes the political demography (this is electoral fraud)
4. SP Freedom from Debt
The Central Bank is allowed to create debt - except where that debt burden can pass across a generation (25 years).

An additional Freedom from Religion is deducible if the law is applied equally to everyone:

  • Religious and cultural activities are exempt from legal oversight except where they intrude into the public sphere (Res Publica)"

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