An Egyptian Islamist and jihadi leader with self-professed links to the Taliban has called for the “destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt,” Al Arabiya reported this week.
The vice president of Tunisia’s Ennahda party, Sheikh Abdel Fattah Moro, called the live program and challenged Gohary’s claims, according to Al Arabiya.
Moro noted that famous historic military commander Amr ibn al-Aas did not destroy statues when he conquered Egypt.
“So who are you to do it?” Moro asked. “The prophet destroyed the idols because people worshiped them, but the Sphinx and the Pyramids are not worshiped.”
“He was sentenced twice, one of the two sentences being life imprisonment. He subsequently fled Egypt to Afghanistan, where he was badly injured in the American invasion. In 2007, he traveled from Pakistan to Syria, which then handed him over to Egypt. After Mubarak’s fall in early 2011, he was released from prison by a judicial ruling,” the newspaper added.