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Karachi: Hundreds offer funeral prayer for Osama

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Updated: May 3, 2011, 8:59 PM IST
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Karachi: Hundreds offer funeral prayer for Osama
The supporters held the funeral prayer and chanted slogans calling Osama bin Laden a martyr of Islam.

Karachi: Hundreds of JuD activists on Tuesday offered funeral prayer for slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on one of Karachi's busiest roads, calling him a "martyr of Islam".

The funeral prayer in absentia for Osama was held amid heavy presence of police and para-military as nearly a thousand supporters of the banned Hafiz Saeed led Jamat ud Dawah descended on the streets.

The supporters held the funeral prayer and chanted slogans calling Osama bin Laden a martyr of Islam.

"He is a martyr of Islam and laid down his live for Muslims. He fought for Muslims," Engineer Naved Qamar, the Ameer of JuD Karachi said.

Before and after the funeral prayer held on a service road on the main university road where a well-known religious school is located, young men shouted slogans in favour of bin Laden and against the United States and its President Barack Obama.

Police officials earlier tried to convince the JuD leaders to postpone the funeral prayer or hold it inside closed premises but they did not relent.

A representative of the Jammat ul Islam (JUI), a mainstream politio-religious party, was also present at the prayers.

The JuD is led by Hafiz Saeed who is on India's most wanted list and blamed for masterminding the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

In Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's Balochistan province, hundreds had taken to the streets yesterday to pay homage to 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 were led by federal lawmaker Maulawi Asmatullah.

They also torched a US flag before dispersing peacefully.

First Published: May 3, 2011, 8:59 PM IST
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