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Claim: Fmr. Pakistani PM had decades-long relationship with Osama bin Laden

By Daniel Tencer
Published: September 9, 2009

Nawaz Sharif, a two-time former prime minister of Pakistan and current head of one of the country’s major political parties, has met with Osama bin Laden on numerous occasions, and it was in fact the al Qaeda leader who developed the relationship between Sharif and the Saudi royal family, says a former Pakistani intelligence official.

Full article on Raw Story

More at The Times of India here and here.

Pakistani president Asif Zardari admits creating terrorist groups
Pakistani president Asif Zardari admits creating terrorist groups
By Dean Nelson, South Asia Editor
Published: 5:49PM BST 08 Jul 2009

Asif Zardari told a meeting of former senior civil servants in Islamabad, it was time to be honest about their deployment.

"Let us be truthful to ourselves and make a candid admission of the realities," he said. "The terrorists of today were the heroes of yesteryears until 9/11 occurred and they began to haunt us as well."

These groups were not thrown up because of government weakness, but as a matter of policy. He said they were deliberately "created and nurtured" as a policy to achieve some short-term tactical objectives.

His comments amount to an admission that Pakistan trained Islamic terrorists to launch attacks on India as part of its long war over its claim on Kashmir.

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