Osama A Martyr, Says Geelani2 May 2011
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday called al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden a martyr who died fighting US oppression in the world. He said Osama had become a symbol of resistance to America and laid down his life doing this. “Osama has died a martyr. He fought US and its imperialistic designs,' Geelani told The Indian Express. “But his martyrdom won't end the resistance against the US in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Muslim world.” Geelani said he had no animosity with the people of America but the US government’s policies were stoking anger across the Muslim world. “The US policies are against Muslim Ummah. We condemned 9-11 attacks as they were terrorist acts. But ever since, US has massacred lakhs of Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and now Libya.” Moderate separatists avoided a direct comment but condemned “terrorism in all its forms”.