In Pakistan Tuesday, around 200 Muslims held a gathering to honor the jihadis who attempted to carry out a terror attack against a free speech event on Sunday in Garland, Texas.
The terrorists, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi (the latter of whom has Pakistani roots), attempted to storm a “Draw Muhammad” event promoting free speech, just as it was ending, in order to inflict maximum damage. However, the AK47-armed suspects failed in their jihad when a Garland police officer neutralized them with his sidearm.
In Peshawar, Pakistan, a cleric named Pir Mohammad Chishti led an absentia funeral service for Simpson and Soofi. He said that the two were “the real heroes of Islam and we must be proud of their courage, NBC News reports.
Russia Today posted a video on YouTube showing demonstrators from the rally holding a sign that read, “We Strongly Condemn The Blasphemous Event Organized By PAMELA GELLER Under AFDI.” Geller’s organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), hosted the “Draw Muhammad” free speech event.
Chishti used a megaphone installed in a vehicle to promote his message, asking the whole community to come out and celebrate the “martyrs of Islam.” He announced over the loudspeaker, “Come forward and prove your love and loyalty with Islam and our beloved Prophet Muhammad, Peace be Upon Him.”
The Islamic preacher blamed the survivors of the attack, because as he explained, they “provoke the Muslims on violence.”
Later, the Chishti-led gathering devolved into an anti-U.S. hate-fest, NBC News reports. The United States and the West is responsible for “desecrating Islam and Islamic heroes,” Chishti reportedly said to conclude the rally.