The head of the Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD), Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, has said that the killing of Osama bin Ladin will only strengthen religious movements around the world and his (Osama’s) martyrdom “gives us all inspiration.”
Talking to a Lahore-based TV channel, Saeed said he had led the funeral prayers for Osama bin Ladin in his area and thousands of Muslims had done the same all over the world.
Saeed said the Indian government had tried to implicate him in false cases but there was no proof of his involvement in the Mumbai attacks. “The Lahore high court allowed me to walk free as there was no evidence against me,” he said.
Commenting on the Osama bin
Laden’s killing, Saeed was critical of the Pakistan government for allowing the United States special forces to conduct an operation within Pakistan but at the same time clarified that he believed the assertion that the Pakistan armed forces did not play a role in the capture of the al Qaeda leader.
The same sentiments were not shared with other militant organisations.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) threatened to attack Pakistani and American forces and interests to avenge the death of Bin Ladin. The shadowy organization said that both government were the enemies of Islam.
On the home front, however, most religious parties remained silent on Bin Laden’s killing by US Navy Seals in Abbottabad.
There were very few protests or demonstrations in any city and most religious or political parties chose not to comment on the death of Bin Ladin.
In Quetta, hundreds of people came on the streets for a few hours at the behest of a religious party. The demonstration ended peacefully.
Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan said that the death of Osama did not mean that terrorism would die down in Pakistan. In his opinion, the only was extremism could be countered in Pakistan would be if American drone attacks came to an end.