The Pakistani military intelligence, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), has claimed that the ex-leader of Al-Qaeda terrorist network Osama bin Laden shifted to Afghanistan in 2007 to plan and coordinate assassinations in Pakistan.
According to the local media reports citing a ISI report, a number of top Pakistani officials including the former President Pervez Musharraf and leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal Mawlana Fazal-ur-Rehman was in the target list of Bin Laden.
“We have received this information that Osama bin Laden has issued the order to kill President Pervez Musharraf, Benazir Bhutto and Fazlur Rehman. He [Osama bin Laden] has planned to send his courier, who is a national of Pakistan and a resident of Multan, named Musa Tariq, through Waziristan with explosives to be used in executing the murder plots. On coming Sunday — which is Dec 22 — this person will be in the area of Dera Ismail Khan,” according to an official letter carried in a report by The News International newspaper.
The paper also states that the letter’s last three lines contained quite confidential content, which read: “Osama bin Laden is personally supervising this entire plan and for this reason, he has shifted to Afghanistan.”
The new report has been released ten years after a prominent Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto was assassinated amid reports Musharraf was also involved in the assassination plot.
Bin Laden was killed in an operation of the US Navy Seal forces in May 2011 in abbottabad, a military township located close to Islamabad city.
The killing of Bin Laden had sparked tensions among Islamabad and Washington mainly due to the presence of the world’s top terrorist leader and the circumstances surrounding the operation.