Hameed Gul's claim
In a function held at a hotel in Faisalabad on the
first anniversary of the WTC bombing, the former chief of the Inter-Services
Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan, General (Retd) Gul Hameed stated
that the Taliban or Osama were not responsible for the WTC bombing.
He also defended the Taliban and declared that Osama was not a terrorist
but a mujahid. The following is an account of his speech
as reported in Dawn, September 12, 2002.
Taliban, Osama not behind WTC attack, claims Gul
By Our Staff Correspondent
FAISALABAD, Sept 11: Former chief of the ISI Gen Hameed
Gul (retired) has said that Taliban or Osama bin Laden were not
involved in the Sept 11 incident.
"In fact, this was planned by the Jews for ruining
the Muslims," he said while speaking at a function at
a local hotel on Tuesday night.
He said that in different parts of the world Muslims
were being murdered in the name of "war against terror"
by the USA, Israel and their allies.
He said that the attack on Afghanistan by the so-called
coalition forces was also a plan of the Israel and America which
should be opposed by all Islamic countries.
The setting up of a caretaker government in Afghanistan
was not a success of the USA.
The Taliban were not against any country or religion
but they launched 'jihad' for peace and tranquillity in Afghanistan.
The Taliban were not corrupt and wanted to make Afghanistan a model
Islamic state for which they had sacrificed their lives.
He said that no head of the state or any renowned
person of the world approached Taliban for providing them with shelter
or food. But when they began demolition of Buddha statues,
the entire world started offering them lucrative incentives.
He said that there was a false propaganda against
the Taliban that they confined the women in houses by banning their
education and work in the offices. In fact, the Taliban wanted'
some time to evolve comprehensive policies for women with the help
He claimed that Osama bin Laden was not an American
agent. He was a 'mujahid' who took part in the Afghan Jihad against
the former USSR. Osama was not interested in money as he was the
son of a wealthy Sheikh who had provided funds to the Bush family
and some top NGOs of the USA.
Source: Dawn (Karachi). September 12, 2002.
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