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We have N-weapons: Osama

Osama bin Laden (L) sits with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir during an interview, in an image supplied by the Dawn newspaper on Saturday.— Reuters photo

Islamabad, November 10
Terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden has claimed that his Al-Qaida network possessed chemical and nuclear weapons and said that he reserved the right to use them if the USA targets them with such arms.

“We have chemical and nuclear weapons as deterrent and if the USA used them against us, we reserve the right to use them,” bin Laden said in his first-ever press interview after the September 11 terrorist attacks in the USA which was published today in the English daily ‘Dawn’.

Bin Laden spoke to Hamid Mir, Editor of Pakistan’s Urdu daily ‘Ausaf”, from his hideout near Kabul.

Asked how he acquired the materials, Laden curtly asked the journalist to “go to your next question.”

Laden spoke with anger and disappointment about Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s decision to join the USA to fight against him, which he said was an “unjustified surrender to the demands of America.”

“The government of Pakistan should have the wishes of the people in view.

It should not have surrendered to the unjustified demands of USA. America does not have solid proof against us. It just has some surmises. It is unjust to start bombing on the basis of those surmises,” he said.

To a question on what he would do if the USA attacked Pakistan with the help of India and Israel, bin Laden countered by asking “What has the USA achieved by attacking Afghanistan?”

“We will not leave the Pakistani people and the Pakistani territory at anybody’s mercy. We will defend Pakistan. But we have been disappointed by General Musharraf. PTIBack

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