Lahore: Following in the footsteps of
extremist groups like the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, Pakistani lawyers
have offered funeral prayers for al Qaeda chief Osama bin
Laden after he was killed in a US raid last week.
The `ghayabana namaz-e-janaza` or funeral prayers in
absentia were organised by Al Ummah Lawyers Forum, Islamic
Lawyers Forum and Khatam-e-Nabuwat Lawyers Forum in Lahore
Advocate Muhammad Yahya Johar led the funeral prayer
that was joined by dozens of lawyers.
Hafiz Abdul Rehman Ansari, Punjab Bar Council member
Chaudhry Zulfiqar and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed`s counsel A K
Dogar were among those who participated in the prayers.
Dogar declared bin Laden a `shaheed-e-ummat` (martyr
of the Muslim brotherhood) and said the al Qaeda leader "lost
his life during jihad".
Police present in the court premises did not stop the
lawyers from going ahead with the event.