Pakistan proved hunting point for top 8 al-Qaida leaders since 9/11

08:28, May 04, 2011      

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The death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan demanded critics who termed Pakistan a safe heaven for al-Qaeda members in the past to change their views as this heaven has been proven as the hunting cage of al-Qaida's top leadership, Pakistanis said on Tuesday.

People talking to Xinhua showed their deep concerns over the behavior of Western media to Pakistan in war against terrorism. " We have lost thousands of our innocent people and billions of dollar assets in this war but even then they are negative about our role,"said a resident in Abbottabad, the city where bin Laden was killed.

Osama, al-Qaida's founder and chief, was the latest one of the eight al-Qaida leaders killed or arrested in Pakistan since the 9/ 11 incident, the attack that left over 3,000 people dead in New York and also triggered U.S.-led war against Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan.

Osama bin Laden was killed on Monday morning in a direct U.S. army operation in Abbottabad, a cantonment district with a population of over 800,000 some 100 kilometers away from capital Islamabad.

Here are the details about the other top al-Qaida leaders, who were hounded in Pakistan.

Seven months after the 9/11 the first top al-Qaida member arrested from Pakistan was a Saudi Arabian national Abu Zubaydah. Pakistani secret intelligence and American FBI, in a joint operation, raided a house in March 2002 in Faisal Town area of country's industrial city of Faisalabad and arrested him injured.

Zubaydah was considered as the integral part of the al-Qaida as being the close aid to bin Laden and in-charge of communications in international operations. He has been in U.S. custody since arrest.

In September 2002, another al-Qaida leader Ramzi bin al-Shibh was also traced and arrested by the Pakistani security agencies from its southern coastal city of Karachi. Shibh is a detainee at Guantanamo Bay as an accused of being the facilitator of 9/11 attacks, and suspect of attacking and destruction of American warship USS Cool in 1998.
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