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Claims that ‘Nawaz took money from Bin Laden’ resurface

Updated Feb 29, 2016 04:11pm


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ISLAMABAD: A new book has once again made the claim that Nawaz Sharif received money from Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

The book, Khalid Khawaja: Shaheed-i-Aman, is authored by Shamama Khalid, the wife of former ISI operative Khalid Khawaja.

“Chief of PML-N Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif received funding from Osama Bin Laden, founder of Al-Qaeda, to contest elections against Benazir Bhutto’s led Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) after the end of Zia regime,” the book states.

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The book claims that Mr Sharif’s pledge of introducing an Islamic system attracted Khawaja as well as Bin Laden. But even though the Al Qaeda head honcho funded Nawaz Sharif heavily, the latter backtracked from all his promises after coming into power.

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The book also carries a note from former ISI director general, retired Lt-Gen Hamid Gul, which also claims that Khawaja was very close to Nawaz Sharif for some time. The book claims that Abdullah Azzam introduced Khawaja to Bin Laden.

Azzam, who is also known as the ‘father of global jihad’, was a Palestinian Sunni. Azzam raised funds and recruited jihadis from the Arab world, known as Afghan Arabs. A mentor of Bin Laden, he is said to have persuaded him to come to Afghanistan.

Khawaja’s peace mission and death

The book claims that Khawaja was killed by a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban while he was on a peace mission in the restive tribal areas.

Khalid Khawaja went to North Waziristan along with retired Col Imam and British journalist Asad Qureshi. Khawaja and Col Imam were killed by terrorists while Qureshi was released in exchange for a ransom.

Khawaja and the other two went missing on March 26, 2010, reportedly while on a trip to North Waziristan to make a documentary; this is what was claimed in media reports. A few weeks later, he was found murdered.

The Asian Tigers group, that claimed responsibility for the crime, had never been heard of before.

According to the book, Khawaja went to Waziristan to highlight the “large scale destruction” caused by drone attacks in the tribal belt.

The book claimed that Khawaja had visited North Wazirstan prior to March 2010 and had met TTP leaders Waliur Rehman Mehsud, Hakimullah Mehsud, and Sher Khan, a commander from the Haqqani Network.

It says that when Khawaja contacted his Taliban contacts and asked if he could bring along the journalist Asad Qureshi, he was not given permission to do so. In the meantime, Usman Punjabi, an activist of the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and a leader of the Asian Tigers group, offered him their support.

According to the book, this group, which comprised roughly 40 men, later took Khawaja and the other two hostage. Khawaja and Col Imam ended up being executed at their hands.

The author explained that the ‘good’ Taliban were sympathetic to Khawaja and Col Imam, but had gone into hiding due to the drone strikes and could not be reached to negotiate the release of the hostages.

The book alleged that the Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were behind the killing of Khawaja and Col Imam.

The book mentioned that a letter, left with Khawaja’s body, claimed that he had been killed for his role in the Lal Masjid attack.

Before killing the former ISI agent, the Asian Tigers released video footage showing Khawaja confessing to playing a negative role in the negotiations that took place between the district administration and the Lal Masjid clerics.

This footage showed Khawaja making a startling statement — apparently under duress — that he was a double agent for ISI and CIA and had convinced Maulana Abdul Aziz, the chief cleric of Lal Masjid, to try and escape the besieged mosque in a burqa.

Interestingly enough, a similar claim was made during the proceedings of the one-man commission probe into Lal Masjid.

Former commissioner Khalid Pervez told Justice Shehzado Sheikh – who headed the commission – that the mosque’s clerics had reached a settlement with the government and the former were about to hand over the keys of the Children Library – the library was next to the mosque that had been occupied by seminary students – when Khalid Khawaja scuttled the agreement.

The book also included a one page note from Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, admiring Khawaja’s services to human rights, especially in highlighting the issue of missing persons.

The cleric also notes that Khawaja’s confession was extracted under extreme duress.

Published in Dawn, February 29th, 2016


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The Truth Feb 29, 2016 08:38am

As shocking of a revelation this is, it does not surprise me. Looking at his track record, it seems Mr. Nawaz Sharif can do anything to get in power.

Ek PAKISTANI Feb 29, 2016 08:41am

Let's not go in past. Worry about future. This government is 1000 times better than any PPP government in past. Let's hope PMLN will learn from mistakes and take country towards prosperity.

Saini Feb 29, 2016 08:50am

What is this? Any one who reads this can not make any judgement

Sunil Feb 29, 2016 09:16am

Why not Pakistan government make or ask for an investigation?

Nasrullah Khan -USA Feb 29, 2016 09:34am

@EK Pakistani, how do you claim that this govt is any better than the previous governments. This is a dirty game by dirty people. This claim needs to be further investigated by reputed journalists like Seymore Hirsch.

nuzhat shireen Feb 29, 2016 09:34am

this poor nation is ruled by rulers which can do anything to win election.

Muslim Medina Feb 29, 2016 09:35am

The allegations revealed in the book as best can be described as too good to be true. This now has become a trend to write books after the death of a known person for financial gains. The contents of such books are generally not taken seriously.

Muhammad Feb 29, 2016 09:35am

Nice try to sell the book

Azmat Shah Feb 29, 2016 09:39am

@Ek PAKISTANI This" Mitti pao" philosophy has brought us to this stage. If a crime against the state or constitution has been committed, why should t it be brought to light?

Awais Ali Feb 29, 2016 09:56am

Nawaz Sharif took money from establishment as well in 1990. So past can be avoided but can't be denied.

Home Alone Feb 29, 2016 10:06am

AG should investigate this findings and inform the public.

Lucky Star Feb 29, 2016 10:11am

@The Truth The way, the PTI chief wants to come to power.

Saad Feb 29, 2016 10:22am

Nawaz Sharif has the worst reputation as a democratic leader among all current politicians. He started out being radical to presently being right of centre. This news is not surprising.

Muhammad Shrafat Feb 29, 2016 10:47am

1988 bin laden who ? are u serious? That 88's man got ties with many senior world leader as a businessman.

Iqbal Khan Feb 29, 2016 10:53am

WHo cares, nobody can do anything so long you are in power and he sure knowsthe art of remain in power either at Federal level and surely at provincial level.

Tamza Feb 29, 2016 11:23am

@Ek PAKISTANI Those who do not study and learn from their history are doomed to make the same and worse mistakes. YES we do need to look at the past, because in most cases that is a predictor of future behavior.

M Rafique Feb 29, 2016 11:41am

Inspite of having plenty (seems to small word) of money but still Hungry for the same, no matter from where it comes

ALI J Feb 29, 2016 11:52am

shocking ! That's real face of Nawaz Sharif.

iffi Feb 29, 2016 11:56am

@Ek PAKISTANI You dnt look satisfied with the loot & plunder in billions by this incompetent govt & still want them to continue ...???? i think you want them to loot in trillions...???

Sal Feb 29, 2016 12:30pm

Wow. Nawaz Sharif does not paint himself with glory. It will be interesting to watch Gen. Musharraf's comments. Nawaz's govt will become more weaker.

Zahra Ahmed Feb 29, 2016 12:56pm

Why does this surprise anyone? The 80's and 90's were times when the right wing was trying to establish itself against the still popular left wing PPP. Today is a different story thanks to PPP incompetence they have no competition and so the world has moved on. Digging up the past doesn't sort the requirements of the future.

Himanshu Feb 29, 2016 12:56pm

Agreed Muhammad Bhai.. Any thing people do now a days to make money that includes criticizing own country , making sensational news , selling a book. We also have same people across boarder in India.

Shaukat Ali Khan Feb 29, 2016 12:59pm

Under the circumstances; her story cannot be reliable.

Dare Feb 29, 2016 01:08pm

Those who don't learn from their past wrong doings don't deserve to have better future.

Mahmood Feb 29, 2016 01:24pm

Money, the root of all evil.

Why doesn't this revelation surprise me!?

Ali Feb 29, 2016 01:55pm

I will not say anything and will close my eyes and ears.

Muzzamil Feb 29, 2016 02:07pm

He took money in 1990 when taliban was not banned outfit and even USA was supporting it back then so I don't care if he took money. His government is better than the last one.

iffi Feb 29, 2016 02:31pm

@Muzzamil Its better then the last govt ... are you kidding me ... if you stop watching ptv & news papers & start asking ordinary people, specially farmers, they will tell you how this govt made there lives miserable ....

iffi Feb 29, 2016 02:33pm

These untouchables can never be brought to justice .... have been exposed again & again but no one can touch these incompetent rulers ....

Baaligh Feb 29, 2016 03:12pm

@The Truth : "it seems Mr. Nawaz Sharif can do anything to get in power." NS and all MPAs claim that they want to be in power just for the sake of serving the nation and masses....not for any thing else like amassing more and more wealth. How true or wrong is their claim is for all of us to see and judge.

M.Saeed Feb 29, 2016 03:38pm

This is furthering of the already complex cob-web of several secret agencies working on all sorts of covert agendas unknown to any.

Iftikhar Husain Feb 29, 2016 04:28pm

Pakistan is country of surprises the more it comes is better for the future of the country.

Rou Feb 29, 2016 05:13pm

That was a long time ago before 9/11 and before bin laden was declared wanted so how is this relevant.

A Pakistani Feb 29, 2016 05:28pm

He has also taken $1.5 billion from the Saudis. This is also on record.

Why? We do not know.

M. Siddique Feb 29, 2016 05:44pm

Dirty chess game of Pakistani politics.

MA Feb 29, 2016 06:09pm

Can anyone explain what is wrong with it ?

Very Touchy Feb 29, 2016 07:45pm

Although not huge supporter of current Govt.. but such statements indicates that these guys are doing well!!!! Focus on Future....

Shaukat Ali Khan Feb 29, 2016 09:12pm


This government gave package to the farmers; Sir.

Battleaxe Feb 29, 2016 10:24pm

This has been picked up in all news everywhere .very bad for image of a leader . This can't be verified but still it's published is surprising as these matters has importance in media .very sad if true , this must be contested in court .

AG Feb 29, 2016 10:35pm

@Ek PAKISTANI Then what's wrong with Musharaf?

Kal Feb 29, 2016 11:15pm

There's no harm in taking money since it doesn't affect Pakistan in anyway.Politicians needs money to contest elections and if they don't get money they will loot the public money.

Sajid Ansari Mar 01, 2016 12:35am

I have no doubt that this is true.

shahid Mar 01, 2016 12:36am

You can expect any thing from NS to be in power or to get power. He has no ethics what so ever.

Raja Nawaz Mar 01, 2016 12:41am

@Nasrullah Khan -USA This govt. is shame and corrupt, came to power by rigging.

masyed Mar 01, 2016 12:49am

I am 1,000 % sure Nothing will happen, no action will be taken ! rest assured! Pakistan Zindabad !

Ahsan Gul Mar 01, 2016 02:27am

Accountability is a must if Pakistan needs to progress. All leaders are accountable and must clear their role. This cannot be totally false. Authorities must investigate.

iffi Mar 01, 2016 11:51am

@Shaukat Ali Khan This farmers package is a fraud & one of the many lies our leaders are used to for electoral benefits nothing else ...... mere announcements are not enough, Sir,....

Imran ali Mar 01, 2016 09:06pm

JIT should formed to investigate...

Blue Indian Mar 02, 2016 11:39pm

This is the true face of the government in Pakistan . it has always been like this. 2 Faced snake.