Lawyers denounce bin Laden killing

Lawyers in Abbottabad and Peshawar denounce bin Laden killing, say prayers for their "hero".


Afp May 04, 2011

ABBOTTABAD: Groups of lawyers on Wednesday held protests over the US killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, denouncing America and saying prayers for their "hero".

About 70 lawyers staged a rally in Abbottabad, condemning the US operation in their city, witnesses said.

They shouted "Go, America go," "Osama bin Laden is our hero" and chanted slogans against the US-allied and Pakistani government.

"We condemn terrorism but cannot accept any violation of our sovereignty," said Tahir Faraz Abbasi, president of the local bar association.

In Peshawar, where bin Laden once lived during the fight to evict Soviet troops from nearby Afghanistan, about 200 lawyers offered special prayers for the al Qaeda supremo at the courts.

"Osama was a Muslim hero. He had been waging jihad (holy war) for Muslims across the world," said prominent local lawyer Ghulam Nabi.

"I doubt Osama was in Abbottabad. Even if he were, he was our hero and he will remain our hero," he said.

Conspiracy theories, fanned by deep distrust of the United States, have raced like wildfire through Pakistani communities over bin Laden's killing.

COMMENTS (72)

Nobody | 10 years ago | Reply I'm disgusted by the support murderers can get in Pakistan. OBL and the like do NOTHING for anyone; they spread a hateful ideology inciting violence against anyone who thinks differently and promote intolerance and label it "jihad." Simply disgusting. The US isn't at war with Islam, people with this extremist ideology are. The progressive minded population in Pakistan desperately needs to stand up against this as they're the only hope I see left there right now.
R S JOHAR | 10 years ago | Reply The support shown by Pak lawyers for first Qadri a killer and now world's most wanted terrorist responsible for 3000 deaths is really alarming which needs to be stopped otherwise it will lead to radiclanisation of the whole state. Chief Justice and Pak leaders should step in at the earliest and issue a condemnation statement against the lawyers.
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