Yesterday, after the death of al Qaeda emir Osama bin Laden was announced, hundreds of Pakistanis, including a “federal lawmaker,” took to the streets of Quetta in Baluchistan province to mourn the death of the terrorist leader and denounce the US raid. From The Express Tribune:
Hundreds took to the streets of Quetta on Monday to pay homage to Osama bin Laden, chanting death to America and setting fire to a US flag, witnesses and organisers said.
Angry participants belonging to a religious party in Quetta, the capital of southwestern province Baluchistan, were led by federal lawmaker Maulawi Asmatullah. They also torched a US flag before dispersing peacefully.
It was the first rally in Pakistan after the United States announced that bin Laden had been killed in an overnight commando mission in Pakistan.
Organisers said between 1,000 and 1,200 people attended the rally, but witnesses put the figure closer to 800.
“Bin Laden was the hero of the Muslim world and after his martyrdom he has won the title of great mujahed (Muslim fighter),” Asmatullah said.
Meanwhile, the upper house of the Pakistani parliament spent their time worrying over the optics of bin Laden’s death in Pakistan, as well as voicing concerns over the US’ “assault on Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty.” From Daily Times:
The killing of al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden echoed in the Upper House of parliament on Monday as the senators questioned the operation of US forces inside the country which, they said, was a direct assault on Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty.
They also deplored the silence of the government to give its version of the events involving US military operation in Abbottabad which killed Bin Laden.
They noted that “the killing of al Qaeda chief has given an opportunity to the international community to blame Pakistan for having safe sanctuaries of terrorists on its soil”.
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