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Pakistan Convinced by U-S Evidence Against bin Laden - 2001-10-04


Pakistan says the United States has enough evidence to indict Osama bin Laden in a court of law for the September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States.

A Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman told reporters that the United States has also provided Pakistan evidence showing Mr. bin Laden's alleged involvement in other terrorist attacks. He did not elaborate.

The United States has also accused Mr. bin Laden of involvement in the 1998 bombings of two U-S embassies in Africa among other incidents.

The suspected terrorist mastermind has been living in Afghanistan as a guest of the ruling Taleban, which refuses to turn him over, despite a looming threat of U-S military action.

Meanwhile, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says only a broad-based, multi ethnic government - not one imposed from abroad - could succeed if the ruling Taleban is ousted from power.

In a related matter, a senior Bush administration envoy (policy planning chief Richard Haass) is meeting in Italy today (Thursday) with former Afghan King Mohammad Zahir Shah to discuss a possible post-Taleban government.

A U-S State Department spokesman says Washington believes the Taleban has betrayed the interests of the Afghan people. But he says it is up to the people of that country to decide what kind of government they want.

Earlier this week, the 86-year old exiled monarch and Afghanistan's opposition Northern Alliance announced an agreement aimed at setting up a transitional government by holding a Grand Council. Called a "Loya Jirga," the Grand Council would convene 120 representatives of Afghanistan's various ethnic groups.

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