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Hundreds of Pakistanis Rally on bin Laden Death Anniversary

Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam hold an image of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden during an anti-American rally in Quetta, Pakistan, May 2, 2012.
Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam hold an image of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden during an anti-American rally in Quetta, Pakistan, May 2, 2012.

Hundreds of Pakistanis took to the streets Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's death.

U.S. special forces killed bin Laden during a covert raid in the garrison Pakistani town of Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.  

In the southwestern city of Quetta, members of the pro-Taliban Jammat-e-Ulema Party condemned bin Laden's killing - shouting slogans in support of the al-Qaida leader and burning the American flag.

In Abbottabad, school children rallied at the site of bin Laden's compound, calling for peace and an end to U.S. drone strikes on Pakistani soil.

Pakistan's government has condemned the strikes and the bin Laden raid as a violation of the country's sovereignty.  

Pakistan was on high alert Wednesday, with security agencies directed to watch out for possible attacks by militants seeking revenge for bin Laden's killing.

Last week, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said it was restricting its employees from going to restaurants and markets in the Pakistani capital between April 27 though May 5, and recommended that American citizens in Islamabad take similar precautions. The embassy did not give a reason for the security warning, but the dates coincide with the first anniversary of the al-Qaida leader's death.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: Jeff Toms from: Williamsburg, VA
May 24, 2012 12:07 AM
Bin Laden Killed: The Propaganda Hoax Continues

Bin Laden killed by Seal Team 6: Baloney! No dental records, no autopsy, no finger prints, no videos, no photographs, no safe room, no X-Rays, no publication of DNA results and burial at sea in contradiction to Islamic customs. And now we are supposed to believe that there is a treasure trove of important documents that have surfaced as a result of the Seal Team 6 raid into “Bin Laden’s compound” in Pakistan.

And!...and, the White House is now promoting Hollywood’s efforts to make this bull shit into a movie (to be released shortly before the November’s Presidential election, no doubt). Just as the previous administration did in the propaganda film “United 93”….the cover-up of the civilian airliner shot down by a US fighter jet over rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. On Vice President Cheney’s order!

Baloney!

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Joseph Goebbels
12 January 1941

by: Sardar KHAN
May 05, 2012 8:52 AM
Arish Sahani,
Just grow up and stop ISLAM.Islam is a religion of LOVE and PEACE.Look at the bunderstan(india/worshipers of idiols),where Muslims are treated as 2nd.class citizens and in J&K,same terrorist occupying bunderstani army is raping,killing the innocent people.I have never read you,condenming the attroscities commited by hindus there.

by: Bin Blogging
May 05, 2012 5:45 AM
I see the irony in this situation. While we're celebrating the Queen's birthday, they're celebrating Bin Laden's death day... despite a "few hundred" bored looking protestors/celebraters HARDLY represents widespread support for this "National holiday". .. of sorts

by: Drake
May 03, 2012 11:32 AM
George, I feel sorry that you country is plagued with conflict. God bless you, but the United States can't be everywhere at once!

by: arish sahani
May 03, 2012 4:28 AM
Every country has been invaded , slaved and looted. But Its national leaders who awaken the masses when the enemy is gone.
Go back to heritage and live with pride.
IN Pakistan Hindus convert to islam have no leaders to guide after conversion they have no realized they are still mentally slave to the arabs and to live happily you have to give up the alien culture ISLAM.
Each land has developed own language , food habits ,belief and they should be restored.

by: Mike
May 02, 2012 2:14 PM
Pakistan and the ISI support terrorism, and the blood of so many people are on there hands. It is unfortunate that the U.S. government has so little understanding of the region and its "people." Pakistan deserves ZERO U.S. aid or support. We should do everyone a favor and get out of the region while buildilng firewalls around them to minimize their influence. There is little of value to learn from the cultures of the region. If you think there is, just post it here for us all to read.

by: Abdul Siddiqui
May 02, 2012 12:43 PM
Our media gave that mass murderer, so much publicity , He looks like a hero now. I wish he should never be treated like hero.

by: George Kwere
May 02, 2012 12:22 PM
Good news to hear America is commited to fighting terrorism,pls someone tell Mr Obama to send these special marine team to help us fight terror in Nigeria.God bless America!!!

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