LeT holds prayers for bin Laden in Pakistan

Published: May 3, 2011

The founder one of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) told his followers to be heartened by the death of Osama bin Laden, as his "martyrdom" would not be in vain, a spokesman for the group said. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The founder one of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) told his followers to be heartened by the death of Osama bin Laden, as his “martyrdom” would not be in vain, a spokesman for the group said on Tuesday.

LeT has been holding special prayers for bin Laden in several cities and towns since he was killed in an operation by U.S. forces in Abbottabad on Monday.

A spokesman for LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed said he had told followers in Lahore that the “great person” of Osama bin Laden would continue to be a source of strength and encouragement for Muslims around the world.

“Osama bin Laden was a great person who awakened the Muslim world,” Saeed’s spokesman Yahya Mujahid quoted him as saying during prayers at the headquarters of the LeT’s charity in Lahore on Monday.

“Martyrdoms are not losses, but are a matter of pride for Muslims”, Saeed said. “Osama bin Laden has rendered great sacrifices for Islam and Muslims, and these will always be remembered.”

Amidst shouts of “Down with America” and “Down with Obama”, around 1,000 of Saeed’s followers held prayers in Karachi.

“May Allah accept the sacrifice of Osama bin Laden,” local leader of Let’s charity, Naveed Qamar, said at the prayers.

LeT, one of the largest and best-funded militant organisations in South Asia, is blamed for the November 2008 assault on Mumbai, which killed 166 people in India’s commercial hub. Its founder, Saeed, now heads a charity, a group the United Nations says is a front for the militant group.

Western security analysts believe that LeT is linked to al Qaeda, though LeT officials deny this.

Mujahid said thousands of Saeed’s followers, many of them often in tears, took part in the prayers.

Saeed founded LeT in the 1990s but abandoned its leadership after India blamed it and another militant group for an attack on the Indian parliament in December 2001.

Admiral Robert Willard, the head of the United States military’s Pacific Command, last month expressed concern over the expanding reach of LeT, saying it was no longer solely focused on India, or even in South Asia.

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Reader Comments (44)

  • May 3, 2011 - 7:26PM

    Werent these guys in attendance at Imran Khan’s dharna? Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 3, 2011 - 7:36PM

    Nice to see , that these bunch are still around and openly too!!! Perhaps another reason for US to conduct a mission to take them out !!!!
    Pakistan has not learned anything from yesterday’s events !! They continue to behave as if nothing happened, yet the world now knows better!! Time to change your ways, its not too late! But it will be, if actions are taken to amend these outfits that you created for spreading Terror elsewhere!!!!!Recommend

  • pakdoc
    May 3, 2011 - 7:59PM

    We need to get this Hafiz Mohammad Saeed as well. Bad news for pakistan,Recommend

  • saleem
    May 3, 2011 - 8:25PM

    They are the same people who also attended PML(N) Jalsa.Recommend

  • shankar
    May 3, 2011 - 8:28PM

    He is fish food now.Recommend

  • Spy BOy
    May 3, 2011 - 8:35PM

    omg..radicals r present deep within pakistan..may allah save pakistanRecommend

  • Cautious
    May 3, 2011 - 8:43PM

    I will pray for the soul of OBL – it’s the Christian thing to do. But I suspect his soul is rotting in the lowest depths of hell.Recommend

  • mind control
    May 3, 2011 - 8:44PM

    @Tight Dhoti

    To my mind the correct question is, “Wasn’t Imran Khan in attendance at the LeT-JuI-HUJI Dharna?’Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    May 3, 2011 - 8:47PM

    US and India consider LeT as the most dangerous outfit who is focused only on India but looks to spread its influence elsewhere. Pakistan just watch out. Recommend

  • Samiullah
    May 3, 2011 - 9:04PM

    And this guy walks freely in the streets of Lahore. No wonder the whole world points finger at Pakistan.Recommend

  • Hasan
    May 3, 2011 - 9:43PM

    When can we have funeral of Hafiz Saeed? Hope its soon.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 3, 2011 - 10:08PM

    @Cautious:
    LOL!!! No He is not sleeping with the fishes, more like what was left of him has been consumed by warm water Sharks!!!
    It means no shark fin soups for me !!! At least for while!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 3, 2011 - 10:10PM

    @pakdoc:
    Don’t worry there will be new world order, regarding this mess and the hunting grounds are going to be Pakistan!!! In not too distant a Future, if they are not careful!!!Recommend

  • George Bushy
    May 3, 2011 - 10:21PM

    No laden or unladen can defeat U.S TERRORIST OF THE WORLD!Recommend

  • maynotmatter
    May 3, 2011 - 10:25PM

    Next on the card Hafiz Saeed :)Recommend

  • Atif
    May 3, 2011 - 10:28PM

    There is no radical threat to our country. Its nothing but a hoax, we are controlled in a media vibrant world and its controlled by West. Our country runs its daily affairs on their money and their policies and great games are implemented in our countries. There is nothing like Osama death in Abbottabad. We so called learned and liberals but actually dumbheads should open our eyes and know what actually goes behind the scenes and think with our independant mind instead of whats fed in ours. Its just a plan to let Obama support in next elections and to improve their image of a lost war. Otherwise OBL was dead a long time back.Recommend

  • farha
    May 3, 2011 - 11:20PM

    allha pls save pakisthan from this radiclesRecommend

  • G. Din
    May 4, 2011 - 12:45AM

    @Cautious:
    If you suspect that his soul is being roasted in the fires of hell (which, in all likelihood, it is), why pointlessly waste your time and prayer for such a man?Recommend

  • White Russian
    May 4, 2011 - 1:12AM

    Good Mujahids tell me why they die like cowards in their hideouts instead of accepting “martyrdom” in battlefield? It is a sad reflection that that Commander-of-Fakeful was living a peaceful life while throwing his followers away to hellish death by the drones. Recommend

  • Saeed Mahmood Aslam
    May 4, 2011 - 1:17AM

    If you suspect that his soul is being roasted in the fires of hell. than whats about those who go in dance clubs, drinking Alcohol and incestuous. These are all planning to disturbing Muslims in all over the world. All qufr are working on divide and conquer rule.You see that all Muslims World are in tension.This is not because that we have less wealth, army,etc but because of that we left Allah and Allah left us.Recommend

  • Javed
    May 4, 2011 - 1:40AM

    @Atif:
    “We so called learned and liberals but actually dumbheads should open our eyes” So you are a liberal. I don’t think you know the meaningRecommend

  • Khan
    May 4, 2011 - 5:09AM

    @Saeed Mahmood Aslam: why do you have a problem with how other muslims lead their lives? or anyone leads their life, whether they choose to drink have sex and go to clubs is none of your business. live and let live .Recommend

  • sudhir
    May 4, 2011 - 5:35AM

    @Saeed Mahmood Aslam:

    “but because of that we left Allah and Allah left us.” but there is no AllahRecommend

  • vasan
    May 4, 2011 - 6:16AM

    Nothing new for pakistan. Terrorists keep assembling frequently all over pakistan for training and offering prayers.Recommend

  • Nobody
    May 4, 2011 - 7:59AM

    @R S JOHAR:
    They are no friends to Pakistan either. Pakistani’s are the ones suffering at the hands of their radical ideology day after day as they continue to spread their insanity all over the country. Recommend

  • Nobody
    May 4, 2011 - 8:05AM

    @Saeed Mahmood Aslam:
    With respect, I think the muslim world itself has bigger troubles than clubbing, drinking, fornicating, and the like. The senseless murder and bloodshed perpetrated on muslims by “muslims” is a far bigger problem and needs to be a priority. Eradicating this sick ideology that has hijacked Islam should be at the forefront, forget hating the west, the problem now lies within. Bigger fish to fry!Recommend

  • Qasim Lakho
    May 4, 2011 - 9:24AM

    These guys will make us have sanctions!Recommend

  • Nizam
    May 4, 2011 - 9:42AM

    @Javed: That’s the least of his problems. @Atif: Why perpetuate ignorant garbage? Who pays you to post such nonsense?Recommend

  • freedomofthought
    May 4, 2011 - 10:50AM

    Its to be expected that the simple minded ban together against someone who would offer a prayer for a fellow human being. I will pray as well for Osama Bin Laden, may his soul find the peace that the west did not want him to have in death, that’s why they gave him to the sea, to disrespect Muslim tradition, only Allah will know his fate, not men. I don’t care what he did in this life, he is dead now, rest in peace.Recommend

  • irshadmemon
    May 4, 2011 - 11:15AM

    i thnk itz a western propaganda and double standards that we are facing as terrorism in the world,The reason is clear as crystal.western powers always expoloit the natural resources of nations in the name of human rights violations,dictatorshps,democracy,human values as they did against japan,veitnam,iraq,afghanistan and two world wars.millions of humans slaughtered in those adventures.who was responsible fr tht massacres by power hungry monsters.even united nation has been used by vetopowrs since its emergence.It absolutely faild to achieve its first and foremost principle of peace and equality amng all nations .Confering veto powers to self is the violation ofU N charter by its founding members belongs to west .now in uni polar world who is going to kill human beings by cruisemissiles@@?who involved to protect kingdoms in mid east ?who is behind the palestinian’s genocide.even The US CITIZEN have no right to lodge complaint against so cald princes of arabs against their abuses in west.I thnk western media has been used as hound dog to portray one side of coin.So itz time fr nations of world to protest against discriminatory policies of western rulers,Itz a universal citizen who might brought peace.Recommend

  • maynotmatter
    May 4, 2011 - 1:04PM

    On the positive side, this would be first USA operation with no innocent casualty. One would only wish that there should be more such operations and only the culprits be dead and no innocents killed. It would be better that Pakistani establishment undertakes such operations and eliminate all terrorists leaders in the country. If not it will keep on facing such embarrassment where foreign military has to take matters int heir hands,Recommend

  • Asif Ali Zardari
    May 4, 2011 - 2:16PM

    Democracy is the best revenge. This is the beauty of democracy every one can express their emotions and thoughts.
    Pakistan Khappay Pakistan Khappay Pakistan Khappay Recommend

  • Zohaib
    May 4, 2011 - 4:51PM

    @ Sudhir….
    It is our belief that Allah is Almighty God and He is the Greatest. Please do not comment about our belief and faith. OBL was a terrorist used our faith to shelter against USA. He was a crazy person and met wit Aiman Al-Zawahry the defector from Egypt. OBL killed a lots of innocent people and he finally went to hell. His supporters will face the same wrath from Almighty Allah. Every wrongdoer will get Allah’s punishment. People from every faith do believe in GOD and I am sure you also do.Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    May 4, 2011 - 5:10PM

    @Hasan:
    Your wish may be fulfilled soon. Both Indian Army and Air Chiefs have made a similar statement today that India is competent to carry out operations like the one conducted by US in Abbotabad. Unlike Pakistan, any such statements made by military Chiefs require Government of India’s approval. Recommend

  • Furqan
    May 4, 2011 - 6:10PM

    I don’t support him but i know that all the guys criticizing him at the moment will be defending him if there is a pak – India War. I don’t understand that people still can’t see its the US who is doing all this to take over our country aswell. WAKE UP PEOPLERecommend

  • Samina Hayyat
    May 4, 2011 - 8:16PM

    A freely elected democratic government, with the support and mandate of the people, working with democracies all over the world, is determined to build a viable, economic prosperous Pakistan that is a model to the entire Islamic world on what can be accomplished in giving hope to our people and opportunity to our children. We can become everything that al-Qaeda and the Taliban most fear a vision of a modern Islamic future. Our people, our government, our military, our intelligence agencies are very much united. Some abroad insist that this is not the case, but they are wrong. Pakistanis are united. Together, our nations have suffered and sacrificed. We have fought bravely and with passion and commitment. Ultimately we will prevail. For, in the words of my martyred wife Benazir Bhutto, “truth, justice and the forces of history are on our side.Recommend

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    May 4, 2011 - 8:28PM

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  • Hedgefunder
    May 4, 2011 - 8:33PM

    @Samina Hayyat:
    You have beautiful thoughts, however unreal they may be!
    To those that the people gave mandate to run the country, has anyone asked for progress report yet??
    All the Institutions that you state are United and Stand Together, if that is the case, than what exactly do they Stand for??Recommend

  • Paul
    May 4, 2011 - 9:13PM

    One day you will realise the Pak Army use the Jihadis for foreign policy/strategic depth.

    How many more terrorists are in ISI safe houses?Recommend

  • Anoop
    May 4, 2011 - 11:19PM

    There comes a time when a bad guy stops becoming an asset and starts becoming a nuisance and an embarrassment. I think that time has come for Pakistan. Hafiz Saeed and his likes will do India’s work for free- To show Pakistan for what it really is: A Terrorist Sponsor.

    They say when the Gods want to destroy someone he makes them first mad. This is especially true for Pakistanis and seeing so many comments for Osama you can easily see the impending destruction of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Indian
    May 5, 2011 - 3:03AM

    As an Indian, I can only shake my head in disbelief. LeT is banned, yet allowed to hold a funeral prayer ceremony. Sigh !!

    What needs to be done to Pakistan is not for the world to decide, but for the Pakistanis to decide themselves. Sure – you guys can continue to keep mum while ‘the deep state’ hijacks your nation into becoming a client state of the Americans or Jehadis or both…. OR you guys can start asking the right questions.

    Look – you are in the same neighbourhood as India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – and these countries have the same ethnic/religious problems like you have. Now you see where these 3 are in terms of economic development and then look at yourselves. Sure, these 3 nations are not economic powers – but they’re plodding on steadily. Pakistan, on the other hand, is regressing.

    Stop focussing on your Eastern borders. India is more interested in foreign investment and economic development. Concentrate on getting rid of terrorists – not just using language and words and not doing anything about it.

    But hey – what does it really matter. If you improve, good for India. More trade and peace. If you don’t, still good for India. The world will step in and clean your alleyways…. The choice is yours. You do it yourself, or the world steps in.Recommend

  • amit
    May 7, 2011 - 10:02AM

    dear pakistanis

    the strategic depth your army seeks for its protection in Afghanistan never existed nor it will be there in future, the only strategic depth your civil society have, would be India, i would rather prefer or love to have veena malik or meera or that the transgender actor, speak up for Pakistan rather than OBL or hafeez sayeed or hamid gul, same from our side let salman khan or dhoni or shahruk or rather ekta kapoor represent our country to you , however faulty it may me

    PDA(public display of affection), drink or other vices are always less vulgar than violenceRecommend

  • Wade Nelson
    May 14, 2011 - 1:18AM

    The fact that the people of Pakistan tolerate LeT and allow them to mourn the death of this evil terrorist, says a lot about whether the United States should consider Pakistan an ally or an enemy in the war against terror. Frankly we in the USA have had enough! Recommend

  • furqan
    May 15, 2011 - 4:02PM

    @Wade Nelson:
    You really think that were happy with US interfering in our country we’ve had enough of you guyz long time ago. Please get out of our country and remember if you do make us your enemy and rage a war against us this is not Afghanistan, every pakistani will fight till he dies your country will be finished. Recommend

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