Cairo: Al-Qaeda`s second-in-command
Ayman al-Zawahiri has asked Pakistanis to revolt against their
"corrupt" government for its "failure" to provide succour to
countrymen devastated by worst-ever floods.
Labelling President Asif Ali Zardari as a "thief too
busy with mending his ties with the West", Zawahiri charged
the ruling class in Pakistan as well as the Pakistan army of
filling their domestic and foreign bank accounts with dollars
and paying scant attention to the people reeling under the
"It is a catastrophe that has befallen on Pakistan.
Its ruling class and army are filling their bank accounts with
dollars and as far as they are concerned: Pakistan and its
people can go to hell," Zawahiri, the deputy of al-Qaeda chief
Osama bin Laden, said in a 44-minute video that was released
in Arabic, English, Pashto and Urdu languages.
Massive floods in Pakistan have affected over 20
million people submerging thousands of hectares of lands,
villages and killing around 1,700 people.
"The silence of our people in Pakistan towards these
corrupt people is the obvious reason for their failure to get
any relief," said 59-year-old Egyptian born Zawahiri.
Zawahiri, along with his supremo Osama bin Laden, is
believed to be holed up in Pakistan`s remote unruly tribal
region, close to the border with Afghanistan.
In the video titled `A Victorious Ummah, A Broken
Crusade`, released on the occasion of the ninth anniversary of
the 9/11 attacks, Zawahiri asked Muslims to embrace jihad and
to avoid compromising Islamic principles.
"The forces of jihad... have emerged victorious and
the forces of the Crusader invasion have emerged weakened by
their wounds and exhausted by the haemorrhage of human and
financial losses," he said.
Zawahiri also slammed pro-Western leaders including
Zardari, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Palestinian
Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and former International
Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohammed ElBaradei and called them