JUI rally pays homage to 'martyred' Bin Laden

Published: May 6, 2011
Picture shows a wall bearing the graffiti 'Osama bin Laden Town' near the hideout house of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. PHOTO: AFP

Picture shows a wall bearing the graffiti 'Osama bin Laden Town' near the hideout house of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: Scores of people took to the streets near Quetta on Friday to pay “homage” to al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and call for war against America, witnesses said.

The rally was organised by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) political party in Kuchlak, where the crowd shouted “Long Live Osama” and torched a US flag.

“Osama’s services for Muslims will be remembered forever,” said Abdul Qadir Looni, a senior JUI figure addressing the rally.

“He challenged America and awakened Muslims across the globe. This gathering pays tribute to him,” Looni said.

Hafiz Fazal Bareach, a former federal senator and senior party leader, said the US killing of Bin Laden would create thousands of others like him.

“One Osama has been martyred and now thousands of Osamas will be born, because he created a movement against anti-Muslim forces which is not dependent on personalities,” Bareach said.

“America first martyred Osama and then desecrated his corpse,” he said, vowing that “jihad will continue against America and its allies.”

Pakistan’s largest religious political party Jamaat-e-Islami called for protests across the country on Friday to denounce the US operation that killed Bin Laden in Abbottabad earlier this week.

Pakistan on Thursday demanded that the US cut its troop presence in the country to a “minimum” as the fallout from the raid intensified and threatened to review cooperation in the event of another similar operation.

Bin Laden neighbours furious at army failures

Pakistanis living next to Bin Laden’s safe house say they are furious with the failure of their army to prevent the US commando raid that killed him on their doorstep.

The army, the most powerful institution in the country, admits failing to detect the terror kingpin lived near its top training centre and has been deeply embarrassed by a US raid in the dead of night on the quiet neighbourhood.

Many are incredulous to discover Bin Laden was living next to Pakistan’s answer to Sandhurst or West Point, surrounded by at least 5,000 soldiers.

Yet it took the army more than an hour to arrive on the scene after being alerted to the covert US raid, and by the time they arrived, bin Laden was dead, his body was on a helicopter and the US Navy SEALs were gone.

Pakistan says the US helicopters arrived undetected and that it only found out what was going on when one of the choppers crashed with a bang — it was subsequently abandoned.

All of this leaves resident Sardar Amir deeply unimpressed and losing confidence in the armed forces.

“I am disgusted, angry with the army, the ISI (spy agency), the government,” he said.

“If Americans can attack here, they can do it anywhere.”

“This is a shameful incident for us. Our army should have shot down the US choppers,” concurred 23-year-old medical student Tahirullah.

The fact that the target was the man blamed for inspiring militants who have killed more than 4,000 people in bomb attacks across Pakistan over the last four years, does not change people’s minds.

A classmate of Tahirullah, Yakat Hussein, won’t cry for bin Laden.

“But the Pakistani army should have arrested him earlier,” he said.

Washington decided things would not work that way. CIA director Leon Panetta said the United States chose not to inform Pakistan in advance of the raid for fear it “could have alerted” bin Laden — provoking anger from Islamabad.

The breach of national territory has tarnished the reputation of the army, previously revered as the only stable institution in a country obsessed with security and that of its military and nuclear facilities.

Graffiti now adorns several walls of the area: “Osama bin Laden Town” it reads, ensuring the new infamy of the once sleepy garrison suburb will live on.


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Reader Comments (18)

  • Faiza Hassan
    May 6, 2011 - 4:03PM

    What type of people are they? i wonder if they come under the category of humanRecommend

  • Hasan
    May 6, 2011 - 4:26PM

    JUI should go where Osama has gone.Recommend

  • May 6, 2011 - 4:35PM

    @Faiza Hassan:
    very good question and I do have a one word answer to your question .. NORecommend

  • Qaisar Roonjha
    May 6, 2011 - 6:18PM

    This is Called freedom of expression isn’t it ? Its just due to unbalance society….Recommend

  • F
    May 6, 2011 - 6:35PM

    interestingly the morons cannot even spell “town” and spelled it as “toun”….pakistan needs to do what ata turk did with these sort of fundamentalists….the army ought to step and give all these terrorists a sea burial….good riddanceRecommend

  • May 6, 2011 - 6:51PM

    From Quaid-e-azam to al Qaeda-e-azam in 63 years.Recommend

  • Ali
    May 6, 2011 - 7:14PM

    Why is JUI not classified as a “terrorist” organization. Why are these people allowed to announce martyrdom for killers who are exploding bombs in our country. They are not blowing up Americans, they are blowing up Pakistanis by the handful everyday. They are OUR terrorists and they should be called just that. Every single person in this rally, peaceful or not should be jailed and flogged. Recommend

  • SouthEastAsian
    May 6, 2011 - 7:21PM

    So many pakistani’s protesting in support of Osama. I just saw BBC news & its threatening, really. They appeared no less terrorist to me. :(. Sorry pakistani’s, but its really insane & scary. Recommend

  • Zain Ali Raza Siyal
    May 6, 2011 - 7:24PM

    What a shame!Recommend

  • Adnan
    May 6, 2011 - 8:20PM

    HOPELESS! Its because of all these ignorants our country’s seeing this day!Recommend

  • sumeet
    May 6, 2011 - 8:51PM

    the virus of fanaticism and jihadism has already corrupted the bulk of the pakistani society.people like hafiz saeed,a banned terrorist by interpol allowed to hold rally declaring jihad.And after all of this,GOP still live in self denial and accuses other country for its miseary.sorry pakistanis,i see no hope for terror free pakistan.but i would be more than happy if pakistan prove me wrong in future.Recommend

  • May 6, 2011 - 9:44PM

    JUI paid homage to CIA agent??Recommend

  • rashid nadeem
    May 7, 2011 - 1:05AM

    i second ur thoughts all the mullahs plus imran khanRecommend

  • May 7, 2011 - 1:15AM

    JUI may as well change their religion to OsamaismRecommend

  • Massileaks
    May 7, 2011 - 3:47AM

    The courts should take a serious note of these people. They are supporting someone who declared war on pakistan in 2007! These people are mentally sick and should not be left on street with a match box even. Recommend

  • Ali
    May 7, 2011 - 8:43AM

    @ Ammad Hafeez What is the proof he was a CIA agent? Recommend

  • Mullah Nasiruddin
    May 7, 2011 - 8:46AM

    Umm makes for good political mileage yeh with their fat ass chief looking for more concessions like always. Gluttonous prick!Recommend

  • Mirza
    May 7, 2011 - 10:36AM

    @Ali: Parties like JI and JUI are specifically “kept” to neutralize the secular, nationalist and secular parties. Why their leaders are not killed. It is only the secular leaders of PPP and ANP are always the victims of suspicious terrorist attacks?

    Sharif brothers are fine, and so are the other right wing leaders but the others are under the threat. These religious parties are there to be used by the army when they have to take over the govt or create disturbances. Recommend

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