One of very few bold steps taken by General Musharraf was his decision to eliminate the Wahhabi/Deobandi terrorist gang holed up in Islamabad's Lal Masjid (Red Mosque), although it was too little too late given the fact the Musharraf himself was, along with his ISI, complicit in the rise of Taliban (Wahhabi-Deobandi alliance) in Pakistan.
However, it seems that history is repeating itself, this time in Gaza. Here is a report by Al Jazeera TV:
|Islamist leader dies in Gaza battle|
The leader of an Islamist group that declared an "Islamic emirate" in the occupied Palestinian territories was among at least 24 people killed in clashes with Hamas security forces.
Ihab Ghussein, a Hamas interior ministry spokesman, said that Moussa had detonated an explosives vest that he was wearing.
Dr Moaiya Hassanain of the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said that six police officers and an 11-year-old girl were also among the dead after several hours of fighting outside Moussa's home and the Ibn Taymiya mosque where he was imam.
At least 40 members of the group have been arrested, according to the interior ministry, but search operations continued in Rafah on Saturday evening.
"We hold Jund Ansar Allah and Moussa responsible for what happened because of his rash declaration of an emirate," Taher al-Nono, a spokesman for the Hamas government in Gaza, said.
Ayman Mohyeldin, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Rafah, said Jund Ansar Allah subscribed to a "very radical and strict interpretation" that is commonly referred to as Salafism.
"It's really the ideological force behind many of these attacks we've seen in Afghanistan and elsewhere," Mohyeldin said.
"It really divides the Muslim world from the Christian and Western world and believes that there is a direct clash of civilisations.
"This group here in Gaza sees itself as part of that wider conflict.
"They subscribe to that philosophy, calling on their followers to adopt it in their struggle to end both Israel's occupation and the occupation of all Muslim lands at the hands of Western powers."
"I think these people are a very small group and have no strong impact on people," he said.
"Hamas is a wide organisation in Palestinian society and most people in Gaza are moderate people ... but these people are inspired by small groups, radical groups from outside, I think they are not accepted by Palestinian people."
In the West Bank, Saeb Erekat, an aide to Abbas and a senior figure in the rival Fatah movement, said that the situation in the Gaza Strip was "alarming".
"Such Islamic groups are criticising Hamas, because of the way it negotiates ... and the way it accepted democracy and accepted elections," he said.
"What has happened has confirmed the reality that Hamas is different, Hamas is not al-Qaeda. We have deep differences between Hamas's methods and al-Qaeda or Salafist jihadist methods."