Osama’s killing would help the world combat militancy: Salman Khurshid

May 2nd, 2011 - 8:58 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, May 2 (ANI): Describing Osama bin Laden’s killing as a historic step, Union Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said the elimination of the Al-Qaeda leader would help governments across the world combat militancy.

“This is a historic step taken to fight militancy, but what reaction will it lead to in the time to come, and what we all have to do, and how effective it is, Ministry of External Affairs will comment on that,” said Khurshid.

Meanwhile, Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt said Pakistan is gripped with panic out of fear of backlash.

“There is an apprehension in Pakistan. I spoke to my friends in Pakistan. There is a feeling of deep dread there that because Pakistan and the establishment of Pakistan had together with the American forces carried out this operation, which they are now at the moment playing low because they fear a backlash,” said Bhatt.

“So, there is a state of emergency in Pakistan because they feel that there may be a fierce reaction against that action that was taken,” he added.

The residents of Gujarat’s Ahmedabad city, however, celebrated Osama’s killing, saying that it is the turn of criminal kingpin Dawood Ibrahim now.

“As soon as we received the news of bin Laden being killed, we started celebrating Diwali in the country and we are happy that after bin Laden, it is the turn of Dawood Ibrahim and Pakistan should keep this in mind that they should not give shield to terrorists. And this will bring peace in the whole world now,” said Sudhir Kumar, a local.

The United States Government earlier today informed that Osama bin Laden had been killed by security forces somewhere ‘deep inside Pakistan’.

Osama, 54, who created and funded the al Qaeda terror network, was accused of being behind a number of atrocities, including the attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001.

He was suspected of playing large roles in the 1998 bombings of two US Embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden in October 2000. (ANI)

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