Cairo: Al Qaeda has released a new audio tape of Osama bin Laden in which the leader of the terror network calls for the creation of a relief body to aid Muslims harmed in natural disasters and wars.
In a copy of the message provided by the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, Osama bin Laden also criticises governments in Muslim countries for spending more money on armies than on their citizens.
The Osama bin Laden tape comes after similar messages from al Qaeda figures that accused the Pakistani government of failing to provide for its people after massive floods in the country killed hundreds and left some eight million people homeless.
The authenticity of the tape could not be immediately verified.
Osama bin Laden has expressed concern about global climate change and flooding in Pakistan, in the audiotape aired on the Internet.
"The number of victims caused by climate change is very big... bigger than the victims of wars," said the voice.
The tape would be the first time Osama bin Laden has spoken publicly since March 25.
It was not clear when the tape was made, but Osama bin Laden congratulated Muslims on the September 10 end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
"The catastrophe (in Pakistan) is very big and it is difficult to describe it," he said.
"What we are facing... calls for generous souls and brave men to take serious and prompt action to provide relief for their Muslim brothers in Pakistan."
(With Agencies’ inputs)