Pakistan Says Evidence Points to bin Laden

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, OCT. 4, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Pakistan today became the first Muslim nation to declare that U.S. evidence links Osama bin Laden to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Associated Press said.

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The Pakistani statement came as U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was traveling through Muslim countries seeking support for the U.S. campaign to apprehend bin Laden and destroy his terrorist bases in Afghanistan.

Citing «the material we have seen and studied,» Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Riaz Khan said in a televised news conference, «This material certainly provides a sufficient basis for an indictment in a court of law.»

The strength of evidence is crucial to U.S. credibility, especially in the Muslim world, as the Bush administration outlines its case for action against terrorists it says are responsible for the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., the AP reported.

Claiming lack of evidence, Afghanistan´s ruling Taliban militia have refused to hand over bin Laden, who has lived in the country since 1996.

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