Islamabad, April 18 (PTI): A seminary for women run by a hardline cleric in Islamabad has named its library after the slain al Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.
The seminary is run by Maulana Abdul Aziz, the imam of Lal Masjid that was once the target of a military operation during Pervez Musharraf’s regime.
In an interview with Geo TV, Aziz said: “He (Osama) might be a terrorist for others but we do not consider him as a terrorist. For us he was a hero of Islam. He is a martyr.” The nameplate outside the library which read, “Maktbah Usama bin Ladon Sheeed” was also shown during the show. Osama was killed in a US special forces raid in Abbottabad in May 2011.
The cleric’s brother, Rasheed, was killed during the Lal Masjid operation in 2007 that ended in a bloody eight-day siege killing 58 troops and seminary students. The operation followed a week-long standoff between the mosque’s supporters and security forces.