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Pakistani library renamed after Osama bin Laden


A Pakistani library in Islamabad has been renamed after Osama bin Laden, the former al-Qaeda chief.

The Islamic seminary for women – Jamia Hafsa Madrassa – is linked to the Red Mosque, known for its alleged links with militants.

A paper sign on one of the doors proclaims Osama bin Laden a “Shahid” (martyr).

Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by US commandos in 2011.

Pakistani troops raided the mosque in 2007. Dozens died later in clashes.

Jamia Hafsa Madrassa renamed its library after Osama Bin Laden

Jamia Hafsa Madrassa renamed its library after Osama Bin Laden

There are no chairs or any table in the library – just two computers on the floor.

The library is in a huge complex in the heart of Islamabad, part of which is still being built.

A spokesman for the madrassa said the new name was a tribute to Osama bin Laden, who was “a hero”.

The chief cleric there is Maulana Abdul Aziz. He warned that “if the government makes madrassas and mosques its target then Sharia (Islamic law) allows us to retaliate – if anyone will be harsh with us, they should not expect flowers in return”.

He also uses the library as his office. It has about 2,000 books – all of them related to Islam.

There are books about Sharia, Jihad and interpretations of the Koran in Arabic, Urdu and English.

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