Zawahri says US crusades to divide Pakistan

Ayman al-Zawahri said US led a crusade to turn Pakistan into a divided nation.

Zawahri says US crusades to divide Pakistan

Ayman al-Zawahri on Friday said the United States led a crusade to turn Pakistan into a divided nation.

"The war in the tribal areas and Swat is an integral part of the crusade on Muslims across the world," Zawahri said in the tape posted on a website.

In the 22-minute video address entitled "Path of Doom" he reiterates comments made in July calling for Pakistanis to wage war against the American "crusaders" and the Pakistani army.

"There is no honour for us except through Jihad," Zawahri said.

"People of Pakistan ... back the jihad and mujahideen with your persons, wealth, opinion, expertise, information and prayers and by exhorting others to help them and preach their message."

A U.S. drone attack killed Pakistani Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud on Aug. 5 alongside his wife in South Waziristan region, borders with Afghanistan.

Pakistani army launched a massive offensive in Swat Valley, breaking the deal between Taliban and government over a Sharia administration.

Taliban gained the right to form provincial administration, implementing Shar'ia laws in Swat districts under the deal. But Taliban fighters entered neighbouring districts, including one just 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Islamabad.

Taliban says the offensive was launched by government to please U.S. who has pressured to break it.

Taliban says Pakistani government had no respect for any pact and They kept violating every agreement and if this goes on.

Pakistan grabed over 5 billion USD in financial assistance after military offensive on Taliban.

Hakimullah, who led militants in the Khyber, Orakzai and Kurram ethnic Pashtun tribal regions, has been picked as the new overall commander of the Pakistani Taliban.

Reuters
Last Mod: 28 Ağustos 2009, 17:46
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