Peshawar High Court lawyers offer prayers for Osama bin Laden

May 4, 2011

Peshawar High Court lawyers offer prayers for Osama bin Laden

PESHAWAR: Pakistani lawyers, describing themselves as “followers” of Osama bin Laden, prayed for the slain al-Qaida leader outside the Peshawar High Court today.Around 150 lawyers gathered at the Peshawar High court because they felt no Muslim prayers had been said for bin Laden at the place where he died. The organizer, lawyer Gul Nabi, referred to bin Laden as a “martyr”.”This prayer was not offered anywhere. It was an Faraz-e-Kafaya (Islamic obligation) so we performed this and we did this just to complete this Namaz-e-janaza (funeral) for all those Shehadars (martyrs) who were killed in Abbottabad,” he said.Nabi said that one reason they prayed for bin Laden, and revered him, was because he “left all his European properties and all his easy and luxurious life and came over here and start living in the mountains of Afghanistan.”After the prayers, the lawyers chanted anti American slogans. The Government of Pakistan has strongly criticized the American raid on its sovereign territory as “unauthorized unilateral action” and today Pakistani newspapers were robust in their support for the government and military, in the face of international media criticism.There have been a few anti-American, pro-bin Laden rallies and prayer services around Pakistan since he was killed.According to the US, bin Laden was killed close to a military academy in the bustling northwestern town of Abbottabad, close to the Pakistani capital Islamabad. Abbottabad is a garrison town nestled at the base of lush green foothills, the climate and agreeable location close to the capital among the reasons why many military officers chose to live there after retirement. However, it seems that bin Laden's secure compound, with it's high walls topped with razor wire, failed to draw any suspicion from the thousands of Pakistani military personnel stationed there at a number of bases. AGENCIES