Muammar Qaddafi dead: NTC spokesman

Published: October 20, 2011

Tunisians and Libyans living in Tunisia wave Libya's National Transitional Council flags as they celebrate on October 20, 2011 in the Mohamed V street of Tunis after the announcement of the death of Libyan strongman Moamer Qaddafi. PHOTO: AFP

Tunisians and Libyans living in Tunisia wave Libya's National Transitional Council flags as they celebrate on October 20, 2011 in the Mohamed V street of Tunis after the announcement of the death of Libyan strongman Moamer Qaddafi. PHOTO: AFP Libyans celebrate at Martyrs square in Tripoli October 20, 2011 after hearing the news that Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi was killed in Sirte. PHOTO: REUTERS A Libyan fighter waves a National Transitional Council (NTC) flag as he  celebrates in the streets of  Tripoli  following news of Moamer Kahdafi's capture on October 20, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Anti-Qaddafi fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte in the town October 20, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS Anti-Qaddafi fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte in the town October 20, 2011. Libyan interim government fighters captured Muammar Qaddafi's home town on Thursday, extinguishing the last significant resistance by forces loyal to the deposed leader and ending a two-month siege. PHOTO: REUTERS Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi attends a ceremony marking the birth of Islam's Prophet Mohammed in Tripoli in this February 13, 2011 file photograph. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

LIBYA: Veteran Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi  was killed on Thursday when new regime forces launched a final assault on the last pocket of resistance in his hometown Sirte, a National Transitional Council spokesman said Thursday.

“We announce to the world that Qaddafi has died in the custody of the revolution,” Abdel Hafez Ghoga said.

“It is an historic moment. It is the end of tyranny and dictatorship. Qaddafi has met his fate,” he added.

He said that the fugitive former despot’s death been “confirmed by our commanders on the ground in Sirte, those who captured him after he had been wounded in the battle for Sirte.”

A video circulating among NTC fighters in Sirte showed mobile phone footage of what appeared to be Qaddafi’s bloodied corpse.

In the grainy images seen by an AFP correspondent, a large number of NTC fighters are seen yelling in chaotic scenes around a khaki-clad body which has blood oozing from the face and neck.

The body is then dragged off by the fighters and loaded in the back of a pick-up truck.

A stills photograph taken on a mobile phone and obtained by AFP showed Qaddafi heavily bloodied but it was not clear from the picture whether he was alive or dead at the time.

In the grainy image, Qaddafi is seen with blood-soaked clothing and blood daubed across his face.

National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters earlier that Qaddafi was captured and wounded in both legs at dawn on Thursday as he tried to flee in a convoy which NATO warplanes attacked. “He was also hit in his head,” the official said. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.” There was no independent confirmation of his remarks.

A pro-Qaddafi television website denied Thursday reports that the strongman had been killed or captured.

“The reports peddled by the lackeys of NATO about the capture or death of the brother leader, Moamer Qaddafi, are baseless,” said Al-Libiya television.

Qaddafi’s final hours

Government fighters, video evidence and the scenes of sheer carnage nearby told the story of the dictator’s final hours.

Shortly before dawn prayers on Thursday, Qaddafi surrounded by a few dozen loyal bodyguards and accompanied by the head of his now non-existent army Abu Bakr Younis Jabr broke out of the two-month siege of Sirte and made a break for the west.

But they did not get far.

NATO said its aircraft struck military vehicles belonging to pro-Qaddafi forces near Sirte at about 8:30 am (0630 GMT) on Thursday, but the alliance said it was unsure whether the strikes had killed Qaddafi.

Fifteen pick-up trucks mounted with heavy machine guns lay burnt out, smashed and smouldering next to an electricity substation some 20 metres from the main road, about two miles west of Sirte.

They had clearly been hit by a force far beyond anything the motley army the former rebels have assembled during eight months of revolt to overthrow the once feared leader.

But there was no bomb crater, indicating the strike may have been carried out by a helicopter gunship, or had been strafed by a fighter jet.

Inside the trucks still in their seats sat the charred skeletal remains of drivers and passengers killed instantly by the strike. Other bodies lay mutilated and contorted strewn in the grass. Some 50 bodies in all.

Qaddafi himself and a handful of his men escaped death and appeared to have ran through a stand of trees towards the main road and hid in the two drainage pipes.

But a group of government fighters were on their tail.

“At first we fired at them with anti-aircraft guns, but it was no use,” said Salem Bakeer, while being feted by his comrades near the road. “Then we went in on foot.

“One of Qaddafi’s men came out waving his rifle in the air and shouting surrender, but as soon as he saw my face he started shooting at me,” he told Reuters.

“Then I think Qaddafi must have told them to stop. ‘My master is here, my master is here’, he said, ‘Moamer Qaddafi is here and he is wounded’,” said Bakeer.

“We went in and brought Qaddafi out. He was saying ‘what’s wrong? What’s wrong? What’s going on?’. Then we took him and put him in the car,” Bakeer said.

At the time of capture, Qaddafi was already wounded with gunshots to his leg and to his back, Bakeer said.

Other government fighters who said they took part in Qaddafi’s capture, separately confirmed Bakeer’s version of events, though one said the man who ruled Libya for 42 years was shot and wounded at the last minute by one of his own men.

“One of Moamer Qaddafi’s guards shot him in the chest,” said Omran Jouma Shawan.

Army chief Jabr was also captured alive, Bakeer said. NTC officials later announced he was dead.

Fallen electricity cables partially covered the entrance to the pipes and the bodies of three men, apparently Qaddafi bodyguards lay at the entrance to one end, one in shorts probably due to a bandaged wound on his leg.

Four more bodies lay at the other end of the pipes. All black men, one had his brains blown out, another man had been decapitated, his dreadlocked head lying beside his torso.

Joyous government fighters fired their weapons in the air, shouted “Allahu Akbar” and posed for pictures. Others wrote graffiti on the concrete parapets of the highway.

“Qaddafi was captured here,” said one simply.

From there Qaddafi was taken to the nearby city of Sirte where he and his dwindling band of die-hard supporters had made a last stand under a rain of missile and artillery fire in a desperate two-month siege.

Video footage showed Qaddafi, dazed and wounded, but still clearly alive and gesturing with his hands as he was dragged from a pick-up truck by a crowd of angry jostling group of government soldiers who hit him and pulled his hair.

He then appeared to fall to the ground and was enveloped by the crowd. NTC officials later announced Qaddafi had died of his wounds after capture.

NTC to announce liberation of Libya by Friday

Libya’s interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil is to declare by Friday that the country has been liberated and give details on Qaddafi’s killing, interim premier Mahmud Jibril told reporters.

“Abdel Jalil will come out today or at the latest tomorrow to declare the liberation of the country and to give details about the killing of Qaddafi,” said the number two in the National Transitional Council.

“With the confirmation that all the evil people, including Qaddafi, have vanished from this beloved country … it is time for Libyans to start a new country, a united Libya, one people with one future.”

Qaddafi’s son Mutassim found dead in Sirte: NTC commander

Mutassim Qaddafi, one of the ousted Libyan strongman’s sons, was found dead in Sirte, a commander of the new regime forces told AFP.

“We found him dead. We put his body and that of (former defence minister) Abu Bakr Yunis in an ambulance to take them to Misrata,” said Mohamed Leith.

Qaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam is believed to be still at large in Libya’s desert, a member of the National Transitional Council has said.

Abdelmajid Saif al-Nasr told the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite channel that Saif al-Islam, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, was last known to have been in the area of Bani Walid and was believed to be “in the desert” around the town.

“But he will be captured soon,” said Saif al-Nasr.

Obama hails Qaddafi’s demise, warns Arab world

US President Barack Obama said the death of Qaddafi ended a long, painful chapter for Libyans and warned ‘iron fist” regimes in the rest of the Arab world they would inevitably fall.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Obama said Qaddafi’s demise vindicated the collective military action of the West and said Libyans now had a chance to build a “democratic” and “tolerant nation.

US confident that Qaddafi is dead: White House official

The United States has “confidence” in reporting through diplomatic channels that deposed Libyan leader Moamer Qaddafi is dead, a senior White House official said.

President Barack Obama, who was to make a statement, “will cite the fact that Libyan officials have announced Gaddafi’s death. We have also received similar reports through diplomatic channels and have confidence in this reporting,” official said.

British PM says ‘day to remember Qaddafi’s victims’

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the death of Moamer Qaddafi was an occasion to remember his victims, while hailing it as a chance for a “democratic future” for Libya.

“I think today is a day to remember all of Colonel Qaddafi’s victims” including those who died in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, Cameron said in a statement outside 10 Downing Street.

Qaddafi’s death marks ‘end of an era of despotism’: EU

The death of Qaddafi “marks the end of an era of despotism,” European Union president Herman Van Rompuy has said.

The news that Qaddafi died in a raid in Sirte means an end also to the “repression from which the Libyan people have suffered for too long,” Van Rompuy said in a joint statement with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

Qaddafi death ‘historic transition’ for Libya: UN chief

UN leader Ban Ki-moon said the reported death of Qaddafi marked an “historic transition” for Libya.

“The road ahead for Libya and its people will be difficult and full of challenges. Now is the time for all Libyans to come together,” Ban said at the UN headquarters. “Combatants on all sides must lay down their arms and come together in peace. This is a time for rebuilding and healing.”

IMF to send mission to Libya

The International Monetary Fund will send a mission to Libya soon to assess the country’s economy, an IMF spokesman said after rebel forces killed Libyan strongman Qaddafi.

The IMF is planning to send the mission “in the coming weeks,” following up on an October 6-13 fact-finding mission it undertook in cooperation with the World Bank, spokesman Gerry Rice said at a regular news briefing.

Libya now ‘liberated’: McCain

Senior US Senator John McCain said that the death of Qaddafi marked the end of “the first phase” of Libya’s revolution and called for closer ties between Washington and Tripoli.

“The death of Moamer Qaddafi marks an end to the first phase of the Libyan revolution. While some final fighting continues, the Libyan people have liberated their country,” the Republican lawmaker said in a statement.

Qaddafi captured as he fled Sirte: NTC official

Deposed Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi was captured and wounded near his hometown of Sirte at dawn on Thursday as he tried to flee in a convoy which NATO warplanes attacked, National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid said on Thursday.

The senior NTC military official told Reuters by telephone that the head of Qaddafi’s armed forces Abu Bakr Younus Jabr had been killed during the capture of the Libyan ex-leader.

“He has been captured. He is badly wounded, but he is still breathing,” a National Transitional Council commander Mohamed Leith told AFP, adding that he had seen Qaddafi himself and that he was wearing a kaki uniform and a turban.

Libyan TV channel “Libya lil Ahrar” also said that he was in custody. In Sirte, medics said the defence minister in Kadhafi’s ousted regime, Abu Bakr Yunis, had been killed in the final battle for the strongman’s hometown.

His body was identified at the field hospital where it was brought in a pick-up truck on Thursday, Dr Abdul Rauf told AFP.

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Reader Comments (91)

  • Malatesh
    Oct 20, 2011 - 4:56PM

    Now hope dust will settle down and next dawn will resrore peace in Libiya

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  • Diggvijay Singh
    Oct 20, 2011 - 4:59PM

    Pakistan must now think of a new name for the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.

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  • A Suhail
    Oct 20, 2011 - 5:02PM

    Another strong man bites the dust. Now hopefully Libyans can work towards building a strong nation.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Oct 20, 2011 - 5:07PM

    He was great friend of Pakistan. Paid hundreds of miliions for Pakistan’s nuclear and other development programs. It was very sad to read when Mohsin-e-Pakistan wrote against him. Our typical back stabbing nature. Libya has been destroyed and civil war will commence after few months of calm. West and Libyan people will pay the price of destroying a rich country.

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  • Mj
    Oct 20, 2011 - 5:08PM

    After 42 years of rule the tyrant has finally fallen.

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  • AK
    Oct 20, 2011 - 5:10PM

    Damn! There also goes the reputation of our Gaddafi Stadium. What a shame to see such a legendary stadium being remembered for being named after Gaddafi (I’m not being disrespectful to Gaddafi by the way. I still maintain my opinion that he was a strong ruler who fought till his very death)

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  • kachookooma
    Oct 20, 2011 - 5:29PM

    It was never a revoulution, just another NATO occupation.
    Qadddafi we will remember you

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  • goggi
    Oct 20, 2011 - 5:39PM

    Finally the north african booty is secured from the oil hungry nations……

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  • goggi
    Oct 20, 2011 - 5:49PM

    I wonder what Ahmadinedschad and Ayatullahs are discussing in this moment?

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  • Ghaznavi
    Oct 20, 2011 - 5:55PM

    Qaddafi joins the list of various strongmen in history who were propped up & supported by the west; then when they lost their utility, they were murdered, hanged, killed or incarcerated to be replaced by a new western crony. We will see the cycle go full circle again.

    The ‘Arab springers’ will be again disappointed – there will be no change other than the face, just like in Egypt & Tunisia

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  • Ashraf P
    Oct 20, 2011 - 6:01PM

    @Diggvijay Singh:
    The Gadhafi stadium may be renamed as “National Transitional Council Stadium”

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  • AnisAqeel
    Oct 20, 2011 - 6:06PM

    Pure greed and power hungry military dictator ruled and kept his ‘beloved people’ as slaves at a cost of thousands of lives and keeping people un-educated, poverty stricken. Give him a befitting punishment.Recommend

  • Word Life
    Oct 20, 2011 - 6:09PM

    Do we now change the name of Gaddafi Stadium to maybe Benazir Stadium ?

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  • Adi
    Oct 20, 2011 - 6:18PM

    He faught till the end!

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  • Uzair
    Oct 20, 2011 - 6:19PM

    I dont like this man but see, he caught fighting with rebels, wounded badly and in malitary uniform despite he has chance to run away like his all children do. Our Pakistani leaders should take some lesson from him.Recommend

  • Word Life
    Oct 20, 2011 - 6:19PM

    Is it me or the flag of Libyan’s National Transitional Council (NTC) flag looks like PPP flag ?

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  • Oct 20, 2011 - 6:21PM

    Vienna,20-10-2011
    The African Emperor got lynched like the Sialkot cricketer
    boys.The difference, the lynching mob had hell fire support
    from the sky afforded by Western Law Enfonrcement
    agencies. What happens to his orphaned kids? Will
    Tony Blair help with asylum gisylum?
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna

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  • Omar
    Oct 20, 2011 - 6:21PM

    @Word Life:
    NTC Stadium lol

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  • THE
    Oct 20, 2011 - 6:30PM

    Where were the 40+ women who used to defend Gaddafi? Damn! No where to be found when needed!
    Let’s name the stadium Ijaz Butt stadium, can we please ? LOL

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  • umer
    Oct 20, 2011 - 6:30PM

    During Qaddafi era..
    “The LIBYANS actually owned their houses, had free education up to university level, factory price cars, non GM foods, free health care, free flights abroad if health care for certain things was not available in Libya, petrol for 17 cents a gallon, cheap electricity, offers of loans of $200,000 dollars interest free, free seeds and agricultural equipment to all, and Libya owed no debt to anybody… now they have been ‘liberated’ by NATO and the NTC!”
    Salute to brave..

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  • Zain Kamran
    Oct 20, 2011 - 6:47PM

    Lybians killed their own leader…
    Libya is surely going to fall in american hands now.
    It is a very sad news….
    you can kill a person, people may also forget about him but, its the HISTORY which will always remember him as a fine LEADER.Recommend

  • JJ
    Oct 20, 2011 - 6:56PM

    Another US and NATO win on ISLAM..

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  • 007
    Oct 20, 2011 - 6:56PM

    the rebels must now be expecting a new ruler who listens to them all and brings a change. it won’t be long before they realize that the new ruler will not be any better, then the NTC will start a spring again and produce their new self-elected leader from a gutter as well. where is the discipline of the world going? couldn’t the NTC start this spring asking for a democratic system of government and elect a president of their choice in a peaceful way? i dunno if that would have been feasible or not, but i am pretty sure there had to be another way.

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  • Riaz
    Oct 20, 2011 - 7:04PM

    @Diggvijay Singh It is not important to rename any place after the death of the man with whom its name is named. Had we renamed Faisal Mosque Islamabad?

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  • Delphinus aruna
    Oct 20, 2011 - 7:25PM

    What ever a man sorthe so he shall ripe.well done to peopie of libya for demoracy in libya.that is what we all want in africa.my tribute gose to the famies that lose there love ones because of demoracy.From Delphinus Aruna in freetow sierra leone western area.

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  • SFH
    Oct 20, 2011 - 7:26PM

    Libya was Pakistan’s Allied, we had millions of millions aid from Libya. Now it’s in American hands ! shall I celebrate ?

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  • Bingo
    Oct 20, 2011 - 7:38PM

    Qaddafi Stadium will now bear a new name from now on; Shaheed Qaddafi Stadium.

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  • abc
    Oct 20, 2011 - 7:40PM

    he was a good person, he was against the tyrants of us france england and alqaeda

    alqaeda is responsible for the demise of qaddafi

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  • Diogenes
    Oct 20, 2011 - 7:45PM

    Shaheed Salman Taseer Stadium?

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  • Amer Khattak
    Oct 20, 2011 - 7:47PM

    Saudi Arabia – the mission next.

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  • JJ
    Oct 20, 2011 - 7:49PM

    I wonder y ppl asking change name of Gaddafi Stadium y they not think before when he is alive.? He is tyrant or what ever but one thing WE REMBER HIM AS A GREAT LEADER OF ISLMAIC WORLD.STAND SIDE BY SIDE WITH Z.A.BHUTTO,IDHI AMIN, SHAH FASIL

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  • hussain shah
    Oct 20, 2011 - 7:50PM

    qaddafi good or bad,that is for people of his country to decide.but west has devided them,bombed them now will rule them untill their oil/petrol reserves run out.if such a revolution was to happen ,it should have happened without french and british planes bombing libya.

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  • Peace
    Oct 20, 2011 - 7:55PM

    Did we notice the difference? this time America did not earn bad repute yet acheived its objectives. For occupation on Iraq and Afghanistan, America had to do much in the form of Twin tower destruction and demonizing of Iraq’s WMD. Still the world considers US occupation on these countries as aggression. Whereas In Libya, America has achieved its objectives and vis a vis emerged as a hero. I want to know who could be the intelligent person behind this remarkably successful strategy. It seems that US has incorporated private sector or its Universities in this job.

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  • PINTO
    Oct 20, 2011 - 7:57PM

    Who’s next ? Must be from eye ranRecommend

  • j. von hettlingen
    Oct 20, 2011 - 8:08PM

    It’s a pity that Gaddafi died. He should have lived long enough to see the nation-building of a new Libya and the happiness he once denied his people. He had seen the inglorious end of Beni Ali and Hosni Mubarak and met a better fate than they. Mubarak made a pathetic sight as he appeared in court in Cario a while ago. Nevertheless Gaddafi died as a martyr as he had once wished and couldn’t be shown to the whole world as a caged animal.

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  • A J Khan
    Oct 20, 2011 - 8:16PM

    Just think for a moment, an air force of some muslim country attacking christian country in the name of peace and humanity and killing their dictator.
    Ban Ke Moon you should resign for your partiality or ineffectiveness. Recommend

  • Pratap
    Oct 20, 2011 - 8:36PM

    @ a j khan
    its never possible for any Muslim country presently and in future also.
    other Qaddafi was a tyrant…
    and whoever kill him is good for all human being..
    bingo for wan ki moon…
    jai ho to OBAMA and US and NATO
    so they can now think about there progress, piece and prosperity rather to poverty..narrow terroristic philosophyRecommend

  • Khan
    Oct 20, 2011 - 8:56PM

    It doesn’t matter what happens to Libya tomorrow .. the fact is He was a dictator and no country should be ruled by a dictator and only people of the land should decide and choose their leader.
    Libya belongs to its people it was not a property of Mr Gaddafi. Same is the case for KSA & UAE etc if their monarchs are thinking they are loved by their people they should go to votes and be fairly selected by its people.

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  • mariam.b
    Oct 20, 2011 - 9:00PM

    History will give the verdict in favour of Shaheed Muammar Qaddafi …..
    They have destroyed another country we have to wake up

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  • Zinedine
    Oct 20, 2011 - 9:02PM

    Can we now rename the Qaddafi stadium to something else please?

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  • let there be peace
    Oct 20, 2011 - 9:05PM

    one more Jihadi goes down.Recommend

  • let there be peace
    Oct 20, 2011 - 9:10PM

    @Ch Allah Daad:
    …..Paid hundreds of miliions for Pakistan’s nuclear and other development programs.

    so building nuclear bomb is Pakistan’s idea of a ‘development program’?

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  • faraz
    Oct 20, 2011 - 9:20PM

    Paid millions for our nuclear bomb and later provided evidence for AQ Khan’s proliferation and handed over the equipment to US.

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  • Mir
    Oct 20, 2011 - 9:31PM

    i know few Libyans they were very excited that Gadaafi got killed, Lesson for us to learn any ruler who does not have support of people ultimately people will throw him, If Gadafi, Mubarak, Zain ul Abidine had people support they would have sustained rebel, World has now new rule…..People Rule.

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  • jeez
    Oct 20, 2011 - 9:34PM

    Fall of the Muslim civilization, with the assistance of Western powers, is in full swing now… a great leader who developed his country beyond imagination is now dead.. a friend of Pakistan, now disowned because we want to side with the West and how they want to impose their systems on us Muslims.. this is indeed a sad day for those who actually know what all he did for Libya and his people – we don’t understand dictatorships – so we shun them all -but Libya needed this dictator..just as Cuba needed Castro..to take them out of the middle ages, give a chance to stand up and against the US, Gaddafi not only brought progress in his own nation but assisted other muslim nations such as our own, to rise and be the nuclear power they are today.. and now we want to change the name of Gaddafi stadium just to please our Western masters.. shame on us all for our ignorance! He died honorably fighting with his life, for his country, while all the cowards ran away and joined external hands.. Due respect to this great man! RIP Gaddafi…

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  • narayana murthy
    Oct 20, 2011 - 9:37PM

    With this, Pakistan has lost a true friend.

    Qaddafi openly supported the Pakistan’s stand on Kashmir.

    Guess, god takes away people who support wrong causes.

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  • Oct 20, 2011 - 9:38PM

    @hussain shah:

    it should have happened without french and british planes bombing libya.

    You’re right, but you know what, the opposition would have ended and died in Ben Ghazi.

    Killing over 1000 within a week is quite an accomplishment by the Gaddafi regime.

    A better question to ask is where were the Pakistan planes? You know self proclaimed protectors of the Islamic world?! Or maybe Iran? Or the other Arab countries? Yea, they gave their blessing, but typical not lifting a finger to help the people….

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  • Oct 20, 2011 - 9:41PM

    @JJ:

    He is tyrant or what ever but one thing WE REMBER HIM AS A GREAT LEADER OF ISLMAIC WORLD.STAND SIDE BY SIDE WITH Z.A.BHUTTO,IDHI AMIN, SHAH FASIL

    WOW…I think I’m going to be sick…our perceptions on leaders, religion, religious leaders, national leaders are so horribly warped and twisted…

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  • narayana murthy
    Oct 20, 2011 - 9:43PM

    @THE

    Ijaz Butt stadium? LOL

    You can also call it as Mohammed Amir stadium.

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  • Oct 20, 2011 - 9:44PM

    @Peace:

    It seems that US has incorporated private sector or its Universities in this job.

    Believe it or not, it was mostly a NATO endeavour.

    US were very reluctant, indeed some critics claimed they were late, but the UK and France were very adamant from the beginning, and Libya had greater economic consequences for Europe than it did for the US. They led the charge. You can claim the US led from behind.

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  • Lodhi
    Oct 20, 2011 - 9:50PM

    Ironic, as it is, Qaddafi gets killed amid flags which ones welcomed him in Pakistan.

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  • Oct 20, 2011 - 9:52PM

    @kachookooma:

    It was never a revoulution, just another NATO occupation.
    Qadddafi we will remember you

    @abc:

    he was a good person, he was against the tyrants of us france england and alqaeda
    alqaeda is responsible for the demise of qaddafi

    Try saying that to the Libyans who suffered and lost loved ones under him and are now celebrating the revolution.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Oct 20, 2011 - 9:54PM

    @SFH:
    I doubt that!! It was Qaddafi that pooped out all evidences against Pakistan in the nukes case!!

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  • Oct 20, 2011 - 9:59PM

    @mariam.b:

    History will give the verdict in favour of Shaheed Muammar Qaddafi …..
    They have destroyed another country we have to wake up

    Uh, no…only deluded would favour a brutal personality cult dictator. Amazing how disconnected Pakistanis are with the common people and are into leader worship.

    You can thank your hero Qaddafi for destroying Misrata. The West actually helped the Libyan people overthrow such a tyrant. The NTC will now form a representative government tasked with rebuilding equally for everyone, not favouring one city or tribe over another, without police state fear for politically expressing yourself or getting arrested on suspicion of being too religious! Recommend

  • Ilyad
    Oct 20, 2011 - 10:02PM

    Now that he is dead, and once the dust settles, and the jubiliation is over, do they actually have a plan to run this country or is this another coup in futility like Egypt and Syria – in the making. Or that is the plan to keep this whole area in chaos in an oil grab attempt….

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  • Tauheed
    Oct 20, 2011 - 10:10PM

    He was a great leader but sadly killed by his own people, i feel very sad because with the help of western countries his own people killed him. He might be very bad for his people but surely he will be remembered for his remarkable work he did for the libyan as well as for the other countries.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Oct 20, 2011 - 10:53PM

    Qaddafi has now become the relic of the past.

    Let’s talk about the new Democratic Libya. I hope that after the death of Qaddafi, the rebels will put their arms aside and will not start fighting with each other like various factions are still fighting in Iraq.

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  • Ali
    Oct 20, 2011 - 11:11PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ)

    Muslim Ummah has lost a brave leader. Who inspired the Muslim world by his vision, Stance on Principles. A true muslim does not compromise on principles, whatever the price.

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  • Oct 20, 2011 - 11:15PM

    I am being apologetic for my tears for the strong man. It is undeniable that Qaddafi was a strong man but seeing the video which puts him being trampled and in the feet of people, made me rethink all the assassinated leaders of the world. Particularly of Islamic world. A new dawn, a new day but what disturbed me was the fate of a human being. He was a common man when he was born and his deeds just transformed his innocent of infancy into despotism and dictatorship.

    How helpless a human being is! This reminds of the reason of being of a human being.

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  • Ali
    Oct 20, 2011 - 11:15PM

    @Diggvijay Singh:

    Keep name changes to yourself. Pakistan does not forget its friends. Qaddafi was a friend of Pakistan.

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  • JJ
    Oct 20, 2011 - 11:20PM

    @Diggvijay Singh:
    Why we think new name of “Gaddafi stadium” ?Any Specific REASON? if there then tell us.

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  • Salman
    Oct 20, 2011 - 11:59PM

    He used to Pakistan during Bhutto regime only and later tilted towards India more.

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  • sher
    Oct 21, 2011 - 12:04AM

    Interesting how Gaddafi is killed and in that very day pictures of him dead flood the internet. Bin Laden was “killed” and they decided not to release pictures because it would hurt peoples feelings, raise hostilities and so on and so forth… Yeah… Talk about many absurdities the U.S. government is telling us.Recommend

  • Mj
    Oct 21, 2011 - 12:14AM

    So many deluded people here mourning a dictator’s loss as if he were a great leader. Talk about being disconnected from reality.

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  • Crimson Blue
    Oct 21, 2011 - 12:29AM

    can we change the name of our lahore cricket stadium now? i mean who though it’d be a good idea to name a stadium after a middle eastern dictator?

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  • a
    Oct 21, 2011 - 12:45AM

    @let there be peace: Hell yes! If not for our nukes Pakistan would have been the victim of western aggression which would have wrecked the country. So our nukes are an economic asset as well as a military one.

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  • Oct 21, 2011 - 1:00AM

    I wish ET had published my first comment.

    I really am disgusted by the outright ignorant comments here that’s sympathetic and crying over Gaddafi’s death and praising him by calling him a ‘true Muslim’ or ‘Islamic’ leader………..it’s as disgusting as the crocodile tears some had over Saddam’s hanging….just shameful.

    Honestly what twisted ideology drives this derangement for supporting Muslim named dictators, or even militants, even when they clearly are un-Islamic and oppress and murder other Muslims and non-Muslims and should be considered criminals but instead are garnished as ‘heroic strong leaders’?! Absolutely NUTZ.

    It’s like their idea of a good Islamic leader is a tyrant with a Muslim name, who can sprinkle Allah’s name in between and say a few anti-West slogans to legitimize themselves, and nothing else!
    He had the most lunatic and crazy ideas on Islam, and even sometimes against it for his narcissistic pleasure. There’s a good paragraph in there on Pakistanis by the author who is quite generous. Recommend

  • Oct 21, 2011 - 1:06AM

    @ sher:

    Interesting how Gaddafi is killed and in that very day pictures of him dead flood the internet.

    Big difference between how information is handled by a US trained special ops unit as compared to how information is handled by an untrained voluntary Libyan revolutionary militia.

    Gaddafi’s pictures isn’t really going to entice much violent reaction or revenge (but unfortunately sympathy from some Pakistanis).

    Compare this to OBL who had Namaz-e-Janazah read for him by so many known militant and terrorist groups worldwide, including Pakistan, despite no pictures.

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  • COSMO
    Oct 21, 2011 - 1:51AM

    Another dictator/tyrant/coward goes away. Loss of such a great freind of Pakistan.
    Isn’t musharraf hiding in a tunnel somewhere in England ?

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  • Stevenson
    Oct 21, 2011 - 2:24AM

    @Ch Allah Daad: I don’t know whether it is just our back stabbing nature or the nature of every other nation on the earth to also back stab. In the end, Gaddafi was abandoned by all the Arab states, China, Russia and even the Western states who used him and made peace with him for the war on terror turned their back on him!

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  • hussain shah
    Oct 21, 2011 - 2:29AM

    @bigsaf:

    we have enough of our own problems to deal with.libyans are rich people,they had everything they needed,and support for Qaddafi within libya was equally strong,but the difference was made by the support revolutionaries had from west,and the west does not care about libyan people,all they care about is their own interest.

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  • call me crazy
    Oct 21, 2011 - 2:29AM

    bashar assad now it’s ur turn

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  • Bishop Dr. Ijaz Inayat
    Oct 21, 2011 - 2:33AM

    “‎”DEATH” was a word removed by Gadafi from ‘his personal dictionary,’ but got inserted today by his own people.”

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  • basharat
    Oct 21, 2011 - 2:47AM

    The problem with alsmost all dictators had been that did not learn lesson from end game of other dictators. He had been friend of Pakistan, there is nothing for Pakistanis to celebrate the tragic occasion. The name of the stadium, we need not to change . A dictator has gone, another like him will take his place.

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  • MK
    Oct 21, 2011 - 3:09AM

    @JJ:

    Wrong!!! Transition council’s head is an Islamist who was handed over by west to Libya during romance days between west and Libya and was tortured by Kaddafi people. It is actually a chance for Islamists to control Libya. Let’s see how Islamic party does in coming Tunisia elections first.

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  • MarkH
    Oct 21, 2011 - 3:10AM

    Hitler brought great changes to his country for select people – This is not an argument for Qaddafi’s victimization
    Nobody is being hostile to largely Muslim populated countries for being Muslim – stop pushing responsibility off on your own beloved religion and own up to your own flawed human actions. If it is indeed a peaceful religion, then it’s you as humans that have given it the look of something hostile by using it as your motives. If you blow yourselves up labeling it religion based, and a person knows little of Islam, what do you really think their first impression will be? It’s your supposed pious people that has given it a bad name while claiming to love it when they could clear its name just from taking responsibility for their own actions. Outside forces, as crazy as it may seem to you, is actually people of multiple religions working together. Not one opposing religion or viewpoint. Your only enemy is human reason and your own unaccountability.

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  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Oct 21, 2011 - 4:01AM

    Libya gave millions to Pakistan. Wow! Didn’t know that. Would be fun to have a list of all the countries which have given millions to Pakistan.

    Could the stadium be renamed Shahid Butt Stadium? Shahid is supposed to be a name? .

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  • optimist
    Oct 21, 2011 - 4:59AM

    @ narayana murthy

    God takes away everyone, regardless of what cause they supported.
    .
    Saddam always supported India (especially on Kashmir). God didn’t spare him either! Nor did he leave his prophets, saints, saeen babas etc..

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  • Ch.Usman Ghani
    Oct 21, 2011 - 6:10AM

    @Diggvijay Singh:
    @Ashraf P:
    No, No. Name of stadium can’t be changed. It’s name will remain “Gaddafi Stadium”. We love Colonel Qaddafi as a nation, as he was pro Pakistan.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Oct 21, 2011 - 6:23AM

    Very sad moment for Libya and for world. Shaheed Qaddafi’s rich and stable country has been destroyed by terrorists. Those who are celeberating now, soon will be seen crying.. The terrorists have captured thousands of anti aircraft missiles and other dangerours weapons. West’s stupidity and greed has turned Libya into another Somalia.

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  • Adil
    Oct 21, 2011 - 6:43AM

    @narayana murthy:

    Gaddafi advocated independent Kashmir….and talked about solving tensions between India and Pakistan. Kindly check some external links before commenting. I know the pathetic attitude of Indian media and what sort of superiority complex and narrow-minded approach they use and live with. Quite recently, bias of Indian media has already come at the surface.

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  • Oct 21, 2011 - 8:26AM

    Qaddafi was good, because he was pro-Pakistan…?

    The irony of how some of you guys sound exactly like selfish American diplomats speaking about their foreign policy of self-interest, and not caring about the local indigenous people to cultivate a relationship and business with a dictator….

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  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Oct 21, 2011 - 9:30AM

    Col. Qaddafi has been a good friend of Pakistan and stood by our nation through thick and thin. He has helped Pakistan building our Nuclear Technology aswell. We Pakistanis Pray for his departed soul and wish Libiya Success. West’s Hegemonic and dreadful role is condemned in strongest terms.

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  • Ahmad
    Oct 21, 2011 - 9:49AM

    Qaddafi may be the biggest dictator and tyrant this world has ever produced, but there should be respect to hauman diginity and to the dead body. I saw on TV people dancing around his dead body and kicking him. That is sick and inhumane!!!
    As Bulleh Shah says that we should not celebrate when even our worst rival dies, as all of us have to go through it as well..

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  • waqqas iftikhar
    Oct 21, 2011 - 4:14PM

    Em….all the guys referring to his friendship with us….you do realize that him and his son ratted us out to the IAEA and the UN? or is too real for your fragile concept of the muslim ‘ummah’.

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  • pj
    Oct 21, 2011 - 6:02PM

    Usa is not so anti muslim..Never was..if you remember saudi, pak, dubai , angle … It was only fools like Osama who created the problem. .Suprising thing seems to

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  • Dallas Ali
    Oct 21, 2011 - 6:30PM

    Let this death be a notice to all dictators, i.e to give up power to reform or perish in history. This message is for all despotic dictators from Syria to Bahrain to Saudi Arabia to Yemen.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Oct 21, 2011 - 8:16PM

    @waqqas iftikhar:

    you do realize that him and his son
    ratted us out to the IAEA and the UN

    That’s because Pakistani HEU based designs were found to be duds. And they paid millions for that snake oil.Recommend

  • Oct 22, 2011 - 5:14PM

    @Diggvijay Singh: it will be named babri mosque statium. ok sigh

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  • Zain Kamran
    Oct 23, 2011 - 12:55AM

    @faraz:
    actually, he didn’t ‘ hand it over to the US ‘. INSTEAD, he bombed their council with a prototype sent to him by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
    better get your facts right!

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  • embt
    Oct 23, 2011 - 1:10AM

    what a tragedy that world support for the libyan rebel movement has been tainted by the barbaric lynching of gaddafi.many educated people around the world have been disgusted by the mob frenzy, violence and souvenir photos of those who will be part of libya’s future.the rebels have lost so much support and sympathy through their brutality and humiliation of their ex-leader.many now think that those who will help form the new libya are just as violent and cruel as gaddafi himself.

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