In Pakistan, they have been burying the dead after the siege of the Red Mosque in Islamabad. More than 70 followers of a radical Muslim cleric were killed when the army stormed the Mosque and school complex. Abdul Rashid Ghazi had wanted to impose a Taliban-style regime in the city. Instead he died in the crossfire, making a last stand against the government of Pervez Musharraf.
The President, who has aligned himself with the US in the global war on terror, oversaw the burial of some of the nine troops who died in the standoff. Their colleagues have secured the area around the Red Mosque now with a strong presence, though a curfew in the surrounding area was lifted for a few hours. The killing of Abdul Rashid Ghazi and his followers has raised fears of a violent backlash.
Al-Qaeda’s second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri called for revenge in a video posted on the internet. He said, “This crime can only be paid for by repentance or blood.” Protestors have already been on the streets to denounce the government. In Karachi, an alliance of six Islamist parties marched with banners which read, “Shame on Enlightened Terrorism.”