‘Pakistan to repatriate widows, kids of bin Laden’

Pakistan will soon repatriate to Saudi Arabia two widows and several children of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Islamabad: Pakistan will soon repatriate to
Saudi Arabia two widows and several children of al-Qaeda
leader Osama bin Laden who were captured after he was killed
during a US military raid in the garrison town of Abbottabad.

The decision to repatriate the women and children was
made as Pakistani authorities had completed their
investigation into the US raid on bin Laden`s compound in May,
the Al-Hayat Arabic daily reported on Monday.

It is expected that bin Laden`s family would leave
Pakistan in the next two days on a special plane but Pakistani
authorities are keeping the date of their travel a secret, the
report said.

An official of Pakistan`s Interior Ministry told
Al-Hayat that Saudi Arabia had agreed to a Pakistani request
to allow the women and children to return to the kingdom.

Their return had been hampered by the Pakistan
investigation and other problems, the daily reported without
giving details.

The Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Abdul Aziz Ibrahim
Al-Ghadeer, said he had not received any official directive
about the repatriation.

Al-Ghadeer said he had only seen media reports that
bin Laden`s eldest brother, Bakr bin Laden, had brought the
matter to the attention of Saudi King Abdullah.

Bakr has reportedly submitted an application to the
king requesting the repatriation of bin Laden`s two widows and
their children.

Bakr asked for the reinstatement of their Saudi
citizenship, which was withdrawn in 1994 when bin Laden
refused to return home.

A source close to the bin Laden family was quoted by
Al-Hayat as saying that King Abdullah had agreed to Bakr?s
requests.

The daily further quoted a source close to the
Al-Jama militant group, reportedly based in Pakistan’s tribal
areas, as confirming that it had agreed to bin Laden’s family
returning to Saudi Arabia.

The hitherto unheard of Al-Jama had warned it would
take action if bin Laden`s family was sent to the US.

PTI

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