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, mulla, mollah
(formerly) a Muslim scholar, teacher, or religious leader: also used as a title of respect



in Islam, a learned teacher or expounder of religious law and doctrines; usually chosen by a group of believers from among their own number.

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Saifullah, a resident of Pakistan's tribal region of Waziristan, was arrested by a joint Afghan and international security force during a raid on the house of Mullah Qasim in the Sur Marghab area near Tirinkot, the capital of central Uruzgan province, on Wednesday.
He said a mullah named Qasim blindfolded them and took them to the Chaman border crossing.
And Mullah Jafar Gwani, the formal speaker of KIRSU, blamed small portions of mullahs and intellectuals for the confrontation.
However, he would weep at the sight of contemporary Punjab, where he might be killed for criticising mullah shahi within hours of the critique.
Emboldened by what it has seen as a lack of robustness by Britain and the EU, the mullahs now represent an even greater threat to their own people, Iraq and British and coalition troops in that country.
Bush's belligerence may leave the mullahs still firmly in charge--clean undergarments and all.
Far from being the slums of Baghdad or Kabul, Tehran is a cosmopolitan city with an educated work force, which will make the difference after the mullahs fall, Morovati said.
Despite all of this, Britain, France and Germany, have allowed the mullahs to lead them a merry dance for more than three years over their nuclear programmes.
A Taliban commander later said that Mullah Omar had given them permission to kill for two hours, but they had killed for two days," Rashid writes.
MULLAH FAIZAL is the Taliban's assistant defence minister and head of the Taliban Army Corps.
The regime in Iran is as fundamentalist as it was when the mullahs took over after the revolution in 1979 and that needs to be highlighted and made known.
The mullahs ruling the country today are as equally fundamentalist as the mullahs that took over after the revolution in 1979.