Pak Minister wants Obama to be `leader of Muslims`

A Pakistani minister wants US President Barack Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero in New York and become the "Amir-ul-Momineen" or Caliph of Muslims.

Updated: Sep 02, 2010, 20:05 PM IST

Islamabad: A Pakistani minister wants US
President Barack Obama to offer Eid prayers at Ground Zero in
New York and become the "Amir-ul-Momineen" or Caliph of
Muslims.

Minister of State for Industries Ayatullah Durrani,
who belongs to the ruling Pakistan People`s Party, said the
upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr festival, expected to be observed on
September 11, would be a "golden opportunity" for Obama to
offer Eid prayers and declare himself the leader of all
Muslims.

"In this way, all the problems of the Muslim world
would be solved," Durrani told The Nation newspaper.

Durrani, a former member of the Pakistan Ideological
Council, contended that the Muslim world is in "dire need" of
a Caliph and occupying this distinguished slot would provide
Obama "exemplary titles" like "Mullah Barack Hussain Obama" or
"Allama Obama".

He said: "The time is approaching fast. Barack Hussain
Obama must act now. This is a golden opportunity, Muslims
badly need it."

Obama`s elevation to the Islamic Caliphate would be
the "key to success, he claimed but did not offer any
explanation for his remarks.

`Ground Zero` is the former site of the fallen twin
towers of the World Trade Center.

PTI