DERA ISMAIL KHAN
The Pakistan Taliban
will attack government, police and military officials if three of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s widows are not released from Pakistani custody, a spokesman for the militant group said March 9.
Pakistan’s government has charged bin Laden’s three widows with illegally entering and staying in the country, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said March 8. “If the family of Osama bin Laden is not released as soon as possible, we will attack the judges, the lawyers and the security officials involved in their trial,” Ehsanullah Ehsan of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) told Reuters.
“We will carry out suicide bombings against security forces and the government across the country.” Malik did not specify which court was dealing with the case. The three women will have to stand trial, but it was not clear what punishment they face if convicted. Bin Laden was killed in a secret U.S. raid in the northern Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad in May last year.