26 July, 2021

The Sole Spokesman

Except JuD, other militant outfits have refrained from direct sympathy for Osama

AFP (From Outlook, May 23, 2011)
The Sole Spokesman

When Pakistan did not erupt over the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 2, in sharp contrast to the thousands who thronged the streets weeks ago to protest against the release of CIA operative Raymond Davis, it was left to Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leader Hafiz Mohammed Saeed to strike a contrarian pose. The Lashkar-e-Toiba founder displayed chutzpah in conducting a Ghaibana Namaz-e-Janaza (funeral prayers in absentia) for Osama at the Markaz Al-Qadsia, Lahore, on May 6. Looking visibly shattered, the JuD leader said, “May Allah accept the sacrifice of bin Laden and give him a place in heaven.” He asked his followers to eschew sentimental reactions to the killing of Osama, explaining, “Martyrdom is not a loss but a privilege for Muslims as it creates awareness among the ummah.”

Islamabad didn’t say what it thought about Saeed’s speech, which sharply condemned “Pakistani rulers” for rejoicing at the killing of Osama. He thought their behaviour was despicable not only because it was...

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