ISLAMABAD: The political and religious leaders and thousands of protesters on the third consecutive day of protest rallies against killings of students of seminary in US-led coalition forces bombardment in Bajaur agency flayed the statement given by President Musharraf that those killed in attack were militants.
In NWFP and tribal areas the markets remained closed and the entire country seemed to be wearing mournful look.
The security forces besieged the entire area of Bajaur agency and all the entry and exit points were sealed.
The funeral prayer in absentia was held in Fowara chowk Peshawar under Jamat ul Dawat (JUD). It was led by JUD leader Maulana Inam Ullah. Thousands of mourners attended the prayers.
THE JUD has appealed the ulema to offer funeral prayers in absentia in every village and town of the country of those 83 students who were killed in seminary in air strike.
The religious and political leaders have strongly condemned the statement given by the President General Musharraf that the people killed in attack on seminary in Bajaur agency were militants, not innocent.
Equating the students of Quranic teachings with the militants is very shameful, they held.
JUD leaders Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki and Maulana Amir Hamza said that the air strike in Bajaur agency is conspiracy to fuel civil war in the country and blatant terrorism. The attitude of government of Pakistan in regard to this incident is not correct in any way. How shameful it is that the rulers have taken the responsibility of bombardment on seminary rather than condemning the US led coalition forces attack on madrissah.
The statement given by the President General Pervez Musharraf on massive killings of madrissah students that they were militants is tantamount to adding insult to injury, they added.
Protest rallies were held jointly by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba and Passban in Peshawar and Bajaur.
The demonstrators torched the US flag during a demonstration in Anar Changi. Certain areas of Momand agency were also sealed.