Qaedas al-Zawahiri slams Musharraf for allowing US to operate from its soil

August 11th, 2008 - 11:00 am ICT by ANI  

Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad , Aug 11 (ANI): In a video tape released last evening, Al Qaeda No 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri has reportedly criticised Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf for playing in the hands of the Americans and compromising with Pakistan ‘’s sovereignty by allowing US intelligence agencies to operate from its soil.

Musharraf has insulted and compromised Pakistan’’s sovereignty by allowing the CIA and FBI to operate freely in Pakistan and arrest, interrogate, torture, deport and detain any person, whether Pakistani or not, Zawahiri was quoted as saying in the fresh tape apparently recorded after February 18 polls in Pakistan.

He urged Pakistanis to rise up and fight the U.S. or at least support the (Qaeda) insurgents.

The hour-long tape having Zawahris voice in English appealed to Pakistani soldiers to rethink their role in the fighting that has often pitted them against their countrymen, especially in the tribal regions. Al-Zawahiri also mentioned last year’’s deadly military siege of the Lal Masjid in his voice-message which was released to the media.

Zawahiri claimed that Pakistan was being virtually ruled from the American Embassy.

A foreign journalist familiar with Zawahiris voice reviewed his past recordings and confirmed that the voice sounded like that of al-Zawahiri.

According to The News, its not clear when the tape was recorded, but it includes apparently recent pictures of ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif and others in the ruling coalition, indicating that it was created after the February election that brought President Pervez Musharraf’’s foes to power.

In the tape aired on Sunday on some TV channels, Al-Zawahiri lists a litany of charges against Musharraf, who he said had betrayed Muslims by supporting the US after the Sept 11, 2001 attacks in its battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan .

He apologises for speaking “the language of the Muslims” enemies” but notes he does not speak the “charming” Pakistani Urdu language and that most Pakistanis do not know Arabic. (ANI)

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