In 2nd tape, Osama bin Laden urges Pakistan flood relief

The al Qaeda chief calls on Muslims to mobilise to help Pak flood victims.

Last Updated: Oct 02, 2010, 15:38 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Cairo: In a second audio recording in 24 hours, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden says Muslim nations haven`t done enough to support relief efforts in flood-hit Pakistan.

In a copy of the recording provided by the US-based SITE Intelligence Group on Saturday, bin Laden also accuses the media of not reporting on the tragedy effectively.

Bin Laden called on Muslims around the world to mobilise to help victims of floods in Pakistan.

In the 13-minute audio recording, issued on Islamist websites on Saturday with a video showing a photograph of bin Laden and images of natural disasters, the speaker who sounded like bin Laden said the wealth and resources of Muslim countries should be used for relief operations in Pakistan.

On Friday, al Qaeda`s media arm As-Sahab issued an 11-minute audio recording in which bin Laden criticised relief efforts in Pakistan and called for action against climate change.

He had also called for the creation of a relief body to aid Muslims affected by natural disasters and wars.

The production date given for Saturday`s message was the Muslim lunar month which began around September 10, while Friday`s tape was said to have been produced in the previous month.

Bin Laden`s deputies have issued similar messages recently as a way to angrily criticise the government of Pakistan, where bin Laden is believed to be hiding.

But the al Qaeda leader`s two messages on the floods have taken a softer tone in an apparent attempt to broaden the group`s appeal.

(With Agencies’ inputs)