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Zawahiri calls for revolution in Pak

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.

world Updated: Sep 16, 2010 00:44 IST

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 floods.

"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 titled A Victorious Ummah, A Broken Crusade, released on the occasion of the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

He also claimed that nine years of fighting jihadists has weakened Western forces. "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 in the video.

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.

Zawahiri asked Muslims to embrace jihad and to avoid compromising Islamic principles.