A man described as al Qaeda’s second-in-command has called for revenge over the storming of Islamabad’s Red Mosque. “This crime can only be paid for by repentance or blood,” said Ayman al-Zawahiri in a video message posted on several militant web sites.
The recording, the authenticity of which cannot be verified, came after a similar warning for the UK on Tuesday in the wake of author Salman Rushdie’s knighthood.
Anger over the storming of the mosque and its religious schools has now spread to southern Pakistan. More than 300 supporters of the Six Islamist Parties Alliance waved party flags and banners during a protest in Karachi. The leaders demanded the release of those detained during the raid.