Groups of lawyers on Wednesday held a number of protests across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa over the US killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, denouncing America and offering 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 US allies and the 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, about 200 lawyers offered special prayers at the courts.
“Osama was a Muslim hero. He had been waging jihad for Muslims across the world,” said prominent local lawyer Ghulam Nabi.
“I doubt Osama was in Abbottabad. Even if he was, he was our hero and he will remain our hero,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2011.