A controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital, Islamabad, has named the school’s new library in honour of Osama bin Laden.
According to his spokesman, Tehsin Ullah, cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz wanted to pay tribute to the al Qaida chief who was killed by US commandos in 2011.
Mr Ullah said today that Mr Aziz considers Bin Laden to be a “martyr” for Islam.
Mr Aziz is also a prayer leader at the city’s Red Mosque – a former militant hideout the army raided in 2007. The raid killed dozens and unleashed a wave of militant attacks across Pakistan.
The mosque runs two schools, one for boys and one for girls. The girls’ school has an all-female staff and about 15,000 students.