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Turkey may widen Islamic political activism controls

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's civilian and military leaders have considered further curbing religious education and tightening controls over Islamic businesses in an apparent expansion of the campaign against Islamic political activism.

The National Security Council, which is made up of top generals and political leaders, discussed the topic in a Dec. 28 meeting to push Parliament on measures to curb the rise of political Islam, the Hurriyet newspaper reported today.

Political Islam is perceived by a majority of Turkey's leaders as one of the greatest threats to the officially secular country.

The measures, such as controlling activities of Islamic businesses suspected of funding Islamic groups and imposing new bans on Islamic schooling, are likely to increase tension between the secular establishment and Islamic circles.

"We are on the verge of implementation of practices that could lead to polarization," Ali Yasar Saribay, a political analyst at the Uludag University, told private NTV television.

"Adopting tough measures would not serve to the good of democracy," he said.

Most Security Council decisions are not announced and officials were not available to comment.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the pro-Islamic Justice and Development party, criticized the measures today.

"Avoiding practices that harm social peace is extremely important for the country's future," Erdogan told members of Parliament in the capital of Ankara.

While most Turks are Muslims, the government of the NATO member country is staunchly secular and has striven for years to reduce the clout of Islamic political groups.

The powerful military pressured the government to close down religious secondary schools and Koranic courses in 1998, one year after the army forced an Islamic government out of power.

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Leading the to were????

I don't think this is an example to lead for any one apart from thos who want to subdue and make the Muslims subservient to them:mad: :mad:

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Leading the to were????

Gulstan:

the heading was meant as sarcastic, but dont be surprised if this happens in Pak, at the speed which we are giving in to first US demands and now indian demands, who knows whats next.

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