Saturday, April 19, 2014

Maktaba ya Osama Bin Laden

an-islamist-kisses-a-picture-of-osama-bin-laden-during-a-protest-in-caISLAMABAD –

A religious school for women in the Pakistani capital Islamabad has renamed its library in honour of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. 

 The seminary is run by controversial hardline cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, the imam of the city’s Red Mosque, once notorious as a hideout for hardliners with alleged militant links. 
The mosque was the scene of a week-long military siege against radicals in 2007 which left more than 100 people dead and unleashed a wave of Islamist attacks across Pakistan.

Now the Jamia Hafsa seminary connected to it has named its small library, stocking Islamic texts, in honour of bin Laden, who masterminded the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
“It is true that we have named the library after Osama bin Laden,” a source told AFP Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“He might be a terrorist for others but we do not consider him as a terrorist. For us he was a hero of Islam.”

A small printed sign stuck over the library door gives bin Laden’s name and refers to him as a “martyr”.

Bin Laden was killed in a US special forces raid in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad in 2011 and for some radicals in the country he is a heroic figure.


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