Accessibility links

Musharraf Urges Pakistanis to Support Him in Fight Against Religious Extremism

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has sought the support of Pakistanis in the fight against religious extremism and terrorism.

He underlined the need of ridding the society of extremism and terrorism, saying they are hurting Pakistan's image by their actions.

In a broadcast address to the nation Thursday, General Musharraf promised "stern action" against those involved in the printing, publication and distribution of hate material, including newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, and audio and video material.

He said no outlawed organization will be allowed to collect donations and action will be taken against those who preach hate in mosques.

Some Western leaders have said Pakistan should do more to curb militancy, and that extremists were operating in Islamic schools, or madrassas.

General Musharraf said all madrassas in Pakistan must be registered with the government by the end of this year.

Some information for this report provided by AP.