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Veiled female students of an Islamic seminary Jamia Hafsa hold bamboo battons as they chant slogans during a protest demanding the release of their teachers from police custody, Wednesday, March 28, 2007, in Islamabad, Pakistan. The teachers were detained after female Islamic students on an anti-vice drive abducted an alleged brothel owner and locked her up at their fundamentalist seminary, as the woman ignored their warnings to close her business. (AP Photo)
An Islamic seminary for women in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad has renamed its library after Osama Bin Laden, the former al-Qaeda chief.
The Jamia Hafsa Madrassa is linked to the Red Mosque, known for its alleged links with militants.
A paper sign on one of the doors proclaims Bin Laden a “Shahid” (martyr). Bin Laden was killed in a raid by US commandos in 2011.
Pakistani troops raided the mosque in 2007. Dozens died later in clashes.
The BBC’s Shumaila Jaffrey in Islamabad says there are no chairs or any table in the library – just two computers on the floor.
The library is in a huge complex in the heart of Islamabad, part of which is still being built.
A spokesman for the madrassa said the new name was a tribute to Bin Laden, who was “a hero”.
A burqa-clad woman attends a gathering with her children at the radical Red Mosque in Islamabad July 9, 2008. About 2,000 Islamist women gathered at the Red Mosque in the Pakistani capital on Wednesday and vowed to raise their children for holy war, days after a suicide bomber killed 18 people after a similar rally. (REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood)