SSP, JuD call Osama Bin Laden a ‘martyr’

Published: May 3, 2011
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Soldiers patrol the city of Abbotabad in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed Sunday in a firefight with U.S. forces in Pakistan and his body was recovered, President Barack Obama said on Sunday. Obama said U.S. forces led a targeted operation that killed bin Laden in Abbotabad, north of Islamabad. PHOTO:REUTERS

Soldiers patrol the city of Abbotabad in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province May 2, 2011. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed Sunday in a firefight with U.S. forces in Pakistan and his body was recovered, President Barack Obama said on Sunday. Obama said U.S. forces led a targeted operation that killed bin Laden in Abbotabad, north of Islamabad. PHOTO:REUTERS

KARACHI/LAHORE: 

Senior clerics, mostly belonging to the Deobandi sect, have come out strongly against reports of al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden’s death.

Chief of the proscribed Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), which has been renamed Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi has strongly condemned what he called “illegal interference into Pakistani territory” by American military forces and termed Bin Laden’s death an “act of martyrdom”.

Ludhianvi questioned the need for killing Osama when he could ‘easily’ have been captured alive. He said that, like every other Muslim in the world, he too supported Osama’s declared opposition to “Dunya-e-Kufr” (land of infidels). Jamia Binoria Karachi’s senior Deobandi cleric Mufti Muhammad Naeem said that individuals die but the movement they leave behind continues on. “I think Sheikh Osama’s death won’t have any effect on his movement,” he said.

Senior Deobandi cleric and leader of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) Maulana Asad Thanvi said one shouldn’t forget the sacrifices that Bin Laden made in the global jihad against Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s, adding that Bin Laden’s role in the 9/11 attacks was never proved.

Meanwhile, Senior Sunni Tehreek and Barelvi leader Shahid Ghauri said the Foreign Office needs to clarify a number of details.

Senior Shia cleric Abbas Kumaili said that although it is true that al Qaeda provided an umbrella to anti-Shia militant groups, it was also true that “the blood of Shias in Pakistan was spilling even before Osama’s organisation was formed so I think danger still lurks. In fact, there might be a strong backlash,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Lahore, Deobandi, Wahabi and Barelvi parties have also condemned the operation. Proscribed Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) also condemned the killing and termed it “martyrdom after a courageous retaliation” with US forces. JuD head Hafiz Saeed also held a funeral in absentia for Bin Laden at Markizul Qadsia in Lahore, in the presence of hundreds of JuD activists.

Jamaat-i-Islami Chief Munawar Hasan condemned Prime Minister Gilani’s statement endorsing the US action and said this only showed how rulers were happy on being US slaves. “Islamabad’s reaction is totally ignorant of the nation’s mood as the nation is in a state of shock,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 3rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Zephos
    May 3, 2011 - 7:48PM

    The world especially Pakistan would be such a better place to live if every single person mentioned in this article is eliminated the same way as their mentor mad-dog Bin Ladin was eliminated. Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    May 3, 2011 - 8:02PM

    Sectarian Jihadist scumbags!

    The illegitimate children of our Army-Saudi-CIA partnership that was conceived in 1980s, grew up with chaos in 1990s, and now causing destruction everywhere!Recommend

  • May 3, 2011 - 8:14PM

    Wow all of Imran Khan dharna buddies are OBL sympathisers. Al Qaeeda has killed more Muslims than non-Muslims. Under what warped understanding of Islam is he a Mujahid!Recommend

  • Sameer Usmani
    May 3, 2011 - 9:20PM

    I am amused at the extent to which people can be brain washed. Apart from everything else, i would like to raise just one question at this moment: As per my limited knowledge, the USA is an advocate of Human Rights and denounces death penalty. Reports say that OBL could be easily arrested in the operation (if we suppose that it really was an operation to hunt OBL and that OBL is really killed in this particular operation)

    That said, a country which doesn’t awards death penalty to criminals, how come it executes a person in an operation when they could have arrested him ? As a matter of fact, OBL could have been much more valuable if he was in US custody.

    I am on neither side in this issue, but, after all, he was a Muslim. Our leaders shouldn’t have issued statements of glee for the death of a Muslim. Secondly, according to Mr. Pervez Musharraf, as OBL was a Muslim, he shouldn’t have been thrown in the sea, and if he really was killed in this operation, the authorities concerned, in accordance with the international law, must have done his last rites according to his religion, i.e. Islam.Recommend

  • Krishna
    May 3, 2011 - 9:30PM

    The nation of Pakistan is crying for leadership. Are there no real men in Pakistan any more!. Some one needs to put some fear into Hafiz Saeed and the like. Eliminate the top 100 of these guys and the moderate voices will find strength. The black coats and other supporters of Qadri will go into hiding in no time.Recommend

  • Hasan
    May 3, 2011 - 9:37PM

    Next drone on these organisations please.Recommend

  • curious1
    May 3, 2011 - 9:37PM

    What an ignorant fools. Destroying our beloved lands for which these unholy people opposed creation of Pakistan tooth and nail. Now they are ‘thakedar’ (contractors) of Islam and Pakistan. First Pakistan then Islam if there is no Pakistan no motherland. Wake up, man wake up.
    Drones are God given blessing for peace loving people of Pakistan. Your God, the killer of thousands of innocent people, is deep under the Arabian Sea as fish feed and my God is Allah who teaches us “anyone who killed one innocent person, Killed the entire humanity”. Long live Pakistan and you go to hell ‘jaahil’ Mullah.Recommend

  • Cherish Raj
    May 3, 2011 - 10:24PM

    @Sameer Usmani:
    America is not against death penalty. Some European nations are. And such a deadly terrorist such as OBL would not have surrendered. His intention was to fight to death so that he can be an ‘inspiration’.Recommend

  • Joe
    May 4, 2011 - 12:05AM

    In Pakistan terrorists are breeding like mosquitoes in a stagnant pool. Osama’s death just miles from Islamabad in Pakistan clearly shows how bad it is.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    May 4, 2011 - 12:40AM

    There is a need to search the real meanings of Jehad other than killing in the name of God and Prophets. Surely there is such as: against poverty, corruption, in favor of education which meets the needs of the day, sharing wealth, respecting females and their rights, loving all living beings….. so on and so forth.Recommend

  • May 4, 2011 - 12:46AM

    @Sameer Usmani: I think you sum up your own position rather well when you say:

    As per my limited knowledge.

    For your information, the US does not denounce the death penalty and in fact quite a few states use the death penalty for murderers (not all states, however), so OBL’s death is no surprise. If any question of fairness might be raised, it is perhaps by arguing that OBL should have been arrested and given a fair trial and then killed if found guilty. As for your remarks re. OBL being a Muslim etc, perhaps he himself should have realised this a little more and behaved accordingly – unless you think Muslims have a right to go around killing whoever they don’t like. Muslims are no more special than anyone else – it is high time they recognised this.

    I agree with the other posts regarding the obnoxious sects in Pakistan. Zia unfortunately gave them breathing space and allowed them to flourish. It’s time they were put in their place. Unfortunately this is easier said than done as long as money from Saudi and the Gulf keeps them financed, and more importantly people refuse to think for themselves. It is not without a good reason that Islam does not have a clergy. Let’s not elevate the Mullahs or their ilk anymore – they are not part of Islam and only a vested interest, just like the clergy in other religions. Give them the boot they deserve!. Recommend

  • maula jat
    May 4, 2011 - 7:07AM

    what is maulana diesel’s stance on this? Recommend

  • raha
    May 4, 2011 - 12:29PM

    Goebels of USA are better than those of Hitler and have brainwashed hundreds of millions into illusuions using media powers and money.

    It sickens me to see the low level of intellegentia now prevailing.

    First things first the international law is INNOCENT until proven guilty and he was NOT convicted in any court ever. Even USA could not prove it in their own courts. PRopoganda does NOT make someone a criminal but only accused. And even the likes of BBC had the moral decency to say he was the “Suspect” when our media (foreign controlled) was saying he was criminal (without any court verdict)

    Now as for shaheed there is a big misconception that pakistani talibans who are made and funded by US are the same as Alqaeda NO Not many people know that Usaman and Afghan Taliban were against attacks on civillians and specially in Pakistani while American taliban and Al zwahiri supported them and it even led to rift within al qaeda and taliban ranks. So bottom line is usama fought against foreign crusader armies and was martyred by them. further he was against attacks on civillians and was NEVER proven to be involved in any terrorist attacks. Therefore he is a SHAHEED inshaAllah

    If propoganda is sufficient than hitler used to prove that non-whites were inferior was that true too?

    Use your brains and think out of the propoganda boxes forced on uRecommend

  • R S JOHAR
    May 4, 2011 - 12:46PM

    Its time for India to take American type action against Let chief and others responsible for hundreds of deaths in India. Recommend

  • vasan
    May 4, 2011 - 2:34PM

    It is good that US killed OBL instead of capturing him and transferring him to Guantonoma bay. The torture of OBL might have brought out some more demons in the closets for Pakistan. So Pakistan must thank US for killing OBL along with his secretsRecommend

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