From Molly to Misbah

Misbah Rana.jpgFor those of you have not been following Molly’s story, barely four months after fleeing her mother’s home in the Outer Hebrides to live with her father in Pakistan, Molly, who wants to be known by her Islamic name Misbah Rana, has enrolled at the Jamia Hafsa madrassa in Islamabad, known for its pro-Taleban views and suspected links to al-Qaeda. Read on for further details on the proceedings

The last time they were in Islamabad she spent a day at the madrassa, but now she’s made up her mind and she’s going to join it.

Molly’s mother, Louise, has given up the fight for her daughter’s return because of the strain it has put on her health.

The Jamia Hafsa madrassa is affiliated to Islamabad’s Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, which has been repeatedly accused by President Musharraf’s Government of providing shelter to Islamic militants wanted on terrorism charges. Both the madrassa and mosque were raided after the London bombings of July 7, 2005, when Tony Blair called on Pakistan to crack down on radical Islamic schools.

Molly’s father said that his daughter had decided to attend the seminary after meeting human rights activists in Islamabad at a demonstration last month organised by the Islamic Centre for Research and Defence of Human Rights, which called for the Government to release suspected terrorists.

Molly says she does not want to meet her mother because she made her do things which she didn’t want to do.

3 Comments so far

  1. WK (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

    Best wishes for Misbah and thank you for updates.


  2. JayJay (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 11:55 am

    I hope Molly is making her decisions on her own volition not under the pressure of her father. However, she is too young to think properly about her own good.

    It is tragic that her parents are separated; no child should be deprived of her mother’s affection.

    I am also not sure if she “fled” her mothers’ home as there are conflicting media reports regarding her “escape/kidnapping”. I hope Molly’s case does not end up a la Betty Mahmoudi episode although circumstances are slightly different.

  3. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on January 14th, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

    I saw her interview on GEO and I guess she was happy enough with her siblings and father … Hopng best for her … and all alike cases …!

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