Bisham: 2 arrested for links with Osama compound owners
BISHAM: In a new development, security agencies investigating the Osama bin Laden episode Monday arrested two brothers from the far-flung Martung area of Shangla district for their alleged relations with the owners of the Osama compound, Arshad Khan and Tariq Khan.
The two arrested have been identified as Razaul Hasan, 22, and Ziaul Haq, 24, and are the sons of Naeemuddin, sources said, adding that the brothers were arrested from the house of a local resident identified as Fazal in Kotkai village in the mountainous Shangla district.
The sources added that the two arrested brothers were the grandsons of one Musafar, whose brother Ahmad Saeed had settled in Kuwait long ago. He said Osama’s compound was owned by Pakistanis with close link with the slain al-Qaeda chief.
Though the people in the area confirmed that Ahmad Saeed was a native of Martung area and lived in Kuwait, they couldn’t substantiate that Arshad and Tariq were his sons. On the other hand, one resident, on condition of anonymity, said Ahmad Saeed had been residing in Kuwait for decades and his two sons had gone to Afghanistan from Kuwait during the Taliban regime and were killed waging jihad. He added that their bodies were shifted from Afghanistan to Shangla district and laid to rest in a graveyard in Martung.
During the Cold War, many fighters not only from Arab counties but also from the Pakhtun region were recruited, trained, financed and fielded in liaison with Pakistani military officials. Many fighters from the Malakand region had taken part in the struggle against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan with the all-out support of Pakistani leaders and western powers led by the US.