Brother pleads for release of Osama`s widow

29-year-old Amal is currently being held in Pakistan after being shot in the leg during the US raid.

Updated: May 16, 2011, 16:06 PM IST

London: A Yemeni national has demanded
that Pakistani authorities release his sister Amal, one of the
wives of slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Zakaria al Sada, whose sister Amal was injured during
a special US operation that killed Osama in Abbottabad in
northwestern Pakistan, spoke for her release in an interview
to The Sunday Telegraph.

29-year-old Amal is currently being held in Pakistan
after being shot in the leg during the US raid on the al Qaeda
leader`s compound at Abbottabad on May 2.

"Amal should be brought back to be with her family.
Bin Laden is dead, al Qaeda is over, there is no reason to
keep her," said 24-year-old Sada, who has been taking part in
the recent "Arab Spring" street protests demanding political
reform in Yemen.

Her family, from the city of Ibb, in the rugged
mountains of northern Yemen, have demanded the Pakistani and
Yemeni governments allow her to now return home with the child
she fathered with the al Qaeda leader.

She is being kept incommunicado in a military hospital
near Islamabad, unable to speak to her Yemeni family with whom
she has had virtually no contact since marrying bin Laden in
1999, the paper said.

Describing his sister, Sada painted a picture of a
pious woman, who had been the apple of his father`s eye.
"She has always been a very kind and polite girl," he
said. "She was absolutely my parents` favourite daughter, and
I remember how she used to gather us and give us lectures on
good Islamic manners and taught us how to be kind to others."

"My mother cries constantly," added Sada, who has
asked Pakistan`s ambassador to Yemen for help in getting his
sister home.

PTI