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September 18, 2019

Pakistan condemns Bin Laden raid and US drone attacks

The Parliament’s resolution comes a day after 80 people have been killed by al-Qaeda in retaliation to their leader’s death.

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON – Pakistan’s parliament has called on Saturday for a review of the country’s relationship with the US over the American commando raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, the BBC informs. MPs said they “condemned the unilateral action… which constitutes a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty”. They unanimously passed a resolution urging a ban on NATO transit convoys unless the US ended drone attacks.  The MPs’ resolution was passed after a joint session, under heightened security, lasting more than 10 hours.

The session followed Friday’s double suicide bombing that killed 80 people in north-western Pakistan. At least 120 others were wounded in the attack on a Frontier Constabulary training centre in Shabqadar, Charsadda district. The Pakistani Taliban said they carried out the attack – this year’s deadliest on the security forces – to avenge Bin Laden’s death.

Six more people died on Saturday when a blast tore through a passenger bus, a government official said. The incident occurred in a village in the Gujrat district of Punjab province.  At least 19 others were injured, with eight of them in critical condition, Ali said.

An unreleased audio message from Osama bin Laden, produced in late April, days before his death, in which he talks in support of the so-called “Arab Spring,” was seized at the compound during the U.S. raid, according to a U.S. officiall quoted by CNN. The message refers to the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia but doesn’t mention the uprisings in Libya, Yemen, Syria or elsewhere. The U.S. official also said that among the seized materials were written communications from bin Laden expressing his desire to see U.S. President Barack Obama assassinated.

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