Friday, May 25, 2007

A daughter to take on the dictator

From Christopher Kremmer of The Sydney Morning Herald

Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto alleges Pakistan's spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, sought the help of a then little-known Saudi millionaire militant, bin Laden, to help fund her overthrow in 1989 ... On the political comeback trail in 1993 she again attracted the unwelcome attention of al-Qaeda. Ramsi Yusuf, later convicted of participating in the 1993 World Trade Centre bombing, was deputised by his uncle and the al-Qaeda kingpin Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to assassinate her. He tried twice and failed (she says at the behest of the intelligence agency), while Bhutto won the elections and embarked on a second term in office.

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