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Future official: ISIS, Hezbollah are similar

MP Mustapha Allouch smiles during an interview in Beirut. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT: Future Movement official and former Tripoli MP Mustapha Allouch lashed out at ISIS, describing it as a Sunni version of Hezbollah’s fanaticism, while reiterating his party’s commitment to tolerance, diversity and democracy.

ISIS is not merely groups and individuals, but it is a Takfiri ideology based on eliminating the other and combating moderation, the same features that characterize Hezbollah and the policies of Wilayat al-Faqih,” Allouch said at an iftar by the Future branch in Tripoli.

“The myth of the state of Wilayat al-Faqih [Iran] and the myth of the return of the caliphate in the form of ISIS and company are two similar ideologies confronting each other in Syria and Iraq nowadays,” he said in comments carried Sunday by the National News Agency (NNA).

Under the Wilayat al-Faqih doctrine, which was introduced in Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution, the supreme ayatollah, or highest religious authority, has final say in political matters as well.

Hezbollah has remained evasive about its adherence to Wilayat al Faqih and support for the establishment of an Islamic state in Lebanon inspired by that doctrine.

The former MP rejected as nonsense the accusations by March 8 opponents that Future-led March 14 is harboring and nurturing Takfiri terrorism in Lebanon.

“The only milieu sheltering terrorism in Lebanon is that of Hezbollah, which is protecting illegitimate arms and giving a cover for Hezbollah’s indulgence in bloodletting in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon,” Allouch said, charging that Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian conflict is behind drawing ISIS terrorism to Lebanon.

Allouch reaffirmed his party’s “unyielding” stance of maintaining political opposition to Wilayat al Faqih and combatting the ISIS mentality, both of which, he said “constitute the most dangerous threat to freedom and tolerance.”

 

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