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Pak`s Islamist party protests on 9/11 anniversary

Last Updated: Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 23:56

Islamabad: Pakistan`s main Islamist
political party on Sunday used the anniversary of the 9/11 terror
attacks to organise anti-American protests across the country,
with its leaders claiming the incidents of a decade ago were
part of a "conspiracy" against Muslims.

Addressing a rally in the eastern city of Lahore,
Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hassan claimed the 9/11 attacks
were part of a "Jewish and American conspiracy" to create a
bad image for Muslims around the world.

He further claimed that Pakistan`s problems would be
resolved if US drone strikes and military operations against
militants were stopped.

Hundreds of people joined the "Go America go" rally,
carrying flags and banners with slogans like `Washington,
Pentagon and CIA responsible for terrorism in the world` and
`9/11 + Lies = War`.

In Islamabad, about 100 people shouted slogans and held
up banners that repeated conspiracy theories alleging American
or Israeli involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

Protests were also organised in Multan, Gujranwala,
Karachi, Hyderabad, Jaffarabad, Nasirabad and Abbottabad, the
garrison city where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed
in a US raid in May.

During these protests, Jamaat leaders criticised
Pakistani lawmakers, claiming they were working on an
"American agenda".

They also claimed that Pakistan had been made "a colony
of the US".


First Published: Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 23:54
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