London Bridge Attacker Usman Khan Given Burial In Azad Jammu And Kashmir
British national Usman Khan, who killed two people last week on London Bridge, was laid to rest in his family’s ancestral village in district Kotli of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Friday.
A report in Dawn stated that the London Bridge attacker’s body was brought from Islamabad to Kijlani village in Kotli by his family. Khan’s funeral took place at 4pm and he was buried in a local graveyard.
Usman Khan’s family members refused to talk to media. They had earlier issued a statement in which they stated that they were shocked and saddened by the atrocity and that they condemned their son’s actions.
Pakistan International Airlines’ General Manager Public Relations Abdul Hafeez told media that Usman Khan’s body was shifted to Islamabad from London via a PIA flight.
Usman Khan’s relatives brought his body to Kotli as they did not want to bury him in the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Office spokesperson did not confirm whether Usman Khan’s body was in Pakistan.
A journalist stated on Twitter that Usman Khan’s funeral was attended by family and relatives.
Usman Khan, the London Bridge attacker, was laid to rest in his ancestral village in Kashmir few hours ago. Reporters in Kotli told me that his funeral prayers was attended by his family & relatives. Thanks @SecKermani for allowing me to use your reporting https://t.co/7b01GM2rYz
— Roohan Ahmed (@Roohan2Ahmed) December 6, 2019
People also took to social media to point out that the Pakistani government had earlier tried to cover up the fact that Usman Khan was a Pakistani. Journalist Ahmed Quraishi asked on Twitter why a foreign-born terrorist was allowed a burial in Pakistan.
Why is this foreign-born terrorist allowed burial in #Pakistan? Having relatives here is no excuse. He is a killer. He was allowed to freely promote his religious extremism using liberal European laws. Sidelined extremists here will use his grave for rallying: #usmankhan #UK https://t.co/05acqFtvLU
— Ahmed Quraishi – TV Team (@Office_AQPk) December 6, 2019
This is epic.
While Pakistani state has put its machinery and trolls into action to do everything to cover up Usman Khan's Pakistani origin, his family will be holding a funeral in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
And you can bet it will be attended by 100s if not 1000s. https://t.co/lKbLwPFtxx
— FJ (@Natsecjeff) December 6, 2019