Ten thousand people attended a memorial ceremony in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Sunday for 35 people killed in Kabul after volunteering to fight for the Taliban.
Tight security was imposed for the event in the central Anu Bhai Park after five members of the Harkat ul-Mujahideen, organisers of the ceremony, were wounded by gunmen on Saturday night.
Demonstrators at the ceremony burned effigies of US President George W Bush and chanted slogans against the American leader.
The group said 27 members of Harkat were among 35 killed when a bomb fell on a Kabul house during a US air raid on October 24.
All were said to have volunteered for a 'jihad' (holy war) against the United States, which has been targeting the Taliban
In a speech, Mufti Jamil, an official in the fundamentalist Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) political party, said, “We are ready to face the infidel forces if they continue fighting during Ramadan, Muslim holy month”. The cleric said hundreds of thousands would volunteer for a jihad if needed.