Located in the heart of Islamabad, the Lal Masjid complex houses Jamia Hafsa, a madrassa for girls, and Jamia Faridia, a seminary for boys. Their students, guided by clerics and teachers, have been on the rampage since January.
January 22: Occupy a children's library in protest against the demolition of illegally constructed mosques
March 27: Raid a house and kidnap its inmates, accusing them of running a brothel
March 28: Students take hostage three policemen
March 30: Warn owners of CD and video shops to switch to another business or face consequences
April 6: Lal Masjid sets up a Shariah court
April 9: The Shariah court issues fatwa against Pakistan tourism minister Nilofar Bakhtiar for hugging a French paragliding instructor
May 19: Kidnap four policemen after the arrest of around a dozen mosque supporters
June 23: Kidnap nine people, including six Chinese women and a...