Pro-government Shiite cleric to start own Bahrain political party
“The question is what would happen if Wefaq came to power, especially acting on a foreign agenda,” he said, echoing government allegations of the party’s ties to Iran.
“The answer is that we would end up somewhere along the lines of Lebanon. Bahrain would enter into a dark phase.”
“He went to Qom [the Iranian holy city] for seven years and worked as an office boy. He was regarded as a joke there,” Sheik al-Asfoor claimed.
He also criticized Sheik Issa Qassem, Wefaq’s spiritual guide.
“What has he given to society other than inflaming the situation?” he asked.
The sheik rejected the argument that he was too closely aligned with the Sunni-dominated regime to appeal to the Shiite community, saying that he represented the “silent majority.”
“To Wefaq, anybody who says, ‘Don’t burn, Don’t destroy,’ is a government stooge,” he said.
Khalil Marzooq, a Wefaq leader, told The Washington Times that he refused to dignify Sheik al-Asfoor’s attacks.
“My response is not to respond,” he said.
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