Al-Qaida chief Ayman al Zawahiri hiding in Pakistan, asserts Hillary
By Rizwan Khatik - Tue May 08, 6:00 am
KOLKATA: Ayman al Zawahiri, the al-Qaida chief, is in Pakistan, said Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state. Talking to a cross-section of young people in the La Martiniere Girls’ School in Kolkata as part of a TV interview, Hillary on Monday said, “There are several significant leaders still on the run. Zawahiri is somewhere, we believe, in Pakistan.”
“We want to disable al-Qaida and we have made a lot of progress in doing that … We are all aware that Pakistan has not done as much as the US and India wanted to fight terrorism,” she added.
In a sign of the worsening relations between the US and Pakistan, Clinton said she was “well aware” that the Pakistani government had not yet convicted LeT founder Hafiz Saeed. “We’re going to be pushing that. So it’s a way of raising the visibility and pointing out to those who are associated with him that there is a cost for that,” she said. The US had last month announced a $10 million bounty for information on Saeed.