Reactions from Pakistani Islamist and Jihadi groups to Bin Laden Killing

Analysis, posted 05.22.2011, from Pakistan, in:
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Reactions from Pakistani Islamist and Jihadi groups to Bin Laden Killing (Photo: ibtimes.com)

For the first 48 hours, religious and Jihadi groups in Pakistan were as shocked and voiceless as the military and political leadership of the country. On May 4, some reaction began to emerge and as expected, it was mixture of denial and diversion. The media vibes, however, were unmistakable that the fundamentalist elements had received a jolting blow.

The first public protest against the operation targeting Osama bin Laden was held in Quetta (the provincial capital of Balochistan, where Taliban Shura is widely believed to be based). It was organized by the Ideological Group Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI, a clerical party).

Jamaat ud Dawa (formerly active as Lashkar-e-Toiba – LeT) was the first religious organization to public offer funeral prayer for Osama bin Laden.  The event was reported on enthusiastically here and more objectively here. Also, Islamabad-based Daily Ausaf, an ardent supporter of Taliban and al-Qaeda, reported on the event here.