Ulema to decide Osam`s fate today

A meeting of the Ulema, Islamic scholars, from across Afghanistan to decide whether to extradite Osama bin Laden to the United States, will take place on Wednesday.

A meeting of the Ulema, Islamic scholars, from across Afghanistan to decide whether to extradite Osama bin Laden to the United States, has been postponed, a senior Taliban source said.
"The meeting will happen either tomorrow (Wednesday) or the next day," said a senior Taliban official who declined to be identified.

The decision will give the Ulema, who are coming from across the country, sufficient time to gather for the crucial meeting.
Omar`s had left the decision to the Ulema`s after a day of meetings with a delegation from Pakistan, which included the head of the country`s secret service. The Pakistanis were in Afghanistan`s southern Kandahar to press the Taliban to hand over bin Laden to try to pre-empt a U.S. retaliatory attack.
The Pakistani delegation was led by Lt Gen Mahmood Ahmed, chief of the Interservices Intelligence, the Pakistani agency believed to have played a part in the Taliban`s creation in the mid-1990s. The Pakistanis left southern Kandahar for the Afghan capital.

They are expected to meet the grand council of Islamic clerics in Kabul apparently to try to influence their decision.
Bureau Report

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