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FATAH: Rahaf case exposes some inconvenient truths about Islamic world

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16.01.2019

Saturday morning, the arrivals area of Terminal 3 at Toronto Pearson Airport witnessed a throng of over 100 Canadian and foreign journalists jostling for the right position.

Most of them had hitherto avoided any substantial coverage of the person who was now being treated as a celebrity — Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed, who had fled her country and abandoned Islam to seek freedom in Australia, but fate brought her to Canada.

As I waited on the sidelines to catch my first glimpse of this awesome 18-year-old, I reminisced about my own experience 50 years ago as an 18-year-old in 1968, when I too had been taken away in handcuffs to spend time in jail for an “indefinite period” after standing up to radical Islamists and the military dictators of Pakistan.

Except Rahaf faced death and managed to escape the laws of apostasy which calls for beheading of any Muslim leaving Islam.

And then she appeared. Diminutive, shy and in shorts! Whether........

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