Sunday, May 07, 2006

bin Laden Leaflets Call for Assassination of Musharraf

According to an article in DAWN, the leading English language paper in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden leaflets are circulating in tribal area of Waziristan region calling for the assassination of President Gen Pervez Musharraf.

This latest threat in nothing new in the history of the controversial Pakistani president, Musharraf has survived several assassination attempts.

Musharraf is a leading ally in the region who supports President Bush in the war on terrorism and the hunt for al-Qaeda. bin Laden's al-Qaeda organization believes that Musharraf is a puppet of the west. Recently, al-Qaeda deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, issued a videotape calling for Pakistanis to overthrow Musharraf.

Musharraf has continued to walk a delicate tightrope in Pakistan's South Asian politics. Musharraf continues to maintain the loyalty of his armed forces, even though, there are many who are pro-Taliban fundamentalists.

The United States and Pakistan last week agreed on a wide range of security and defense issues, from weapon supplies to the war on terror to a review proposals for converting their alliance against terror into a ‘deeper and long-standing relationship.’

So, it is conceivable that al-Qaeda and the Taliban feel the pressures of increased cooperation and plan to try to disrupt that cooperation.

In their news release, DAWN credits the leaflet story to Reuters. Please visit DAWN for the complete story: ‘Osama’ leaflets circulated in tribal area

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