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May 7, 2005

Osama in Afghanistan, not Pakistan

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

So now we are hearing on Arab television that Osama bin Laden is not in Pakistan, but the Pakistanis really don't know where he is. Yet the most recent al-Qaeda finds(such as Abu Faraj al-Libbi ) have all been in Pakistan, they are all high ranking al-Qaeda members, supposedly they have been communicating with bin Laden and the communications are most likely human-facilitated and not electronic. In all respect to the  honorable Interior Minister of Islamabad, does he actually expect us to believe such nonsense as 'bin Laden isn't in Pakistan'? Read for yourself:

- UPI via Science Daily
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 7 (UPI) -- If Osama bin Laden is alive he can be in any area of Afghanistan, but he's not in neighboring Pakistan, Islamabad's Interior Minister said Saturday.

In an interview with an Arab television channel Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao said Pakistani security forces have no knowledge of the al Qaida terrorist leader's exact whereabouts, but there was little chance that he was hiding in Pakistan because everybody knows him very well.

He said the huge number of forces patrolling the Pakistani-Afghan border made it impossible for bin Laden to try to sneak into Pakistan. So, if bin Laden is alive, the minister added, he would be hiding somewhere in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistani forces have just caught Abu Faraj, said to be the number three man in al Qaida. Sherpao said Faraj was involved in more than one assassination attempt on President Pervez Musharraf and therefore would not be handed over to any country but would be investigated in Pakistan.


AND in related but more recent news, the Pakistanis are searching for members of al-Qaeda amidst their own army.

Posted by Hyscience at May 7, 2005 10:50 PM

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