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| Qaeda two key figures arrested from Pakistan |
PESHAWAR - Al-Qaeda and Taliban have received another setback when their two important aides were arrested from different places in Pakistan, sources said Wednesday.
Muhammad Rahim was arrested few days back from Lahore while Sheikh Ilyas Khel was netted from the general bus-stand in Peshawar, the sources maintained. According to them, Rahim was Osama bin Laden’s special aide, hailing from Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, while the other had worked for Laden as translator and guide during his stay in Afghanistan. Rahim was chief of Qaeda’s team, which was engaged in negotiations with the Afghan govt-nominated commanders including Hazrat Ali in early 2002.
Ilyas Khel was an active commander of late Maulvi Younas Khalis of Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan.
After the collapse of Taliban regime, Ilyas joined Commander Hazrat Ali and was posted on an important route, connecting Tora Bora with Jalalabad, through which most of the al-Qaeda stalwarts escaped from Tora Bora.Qari Bahadar, the son of Sheikh Ilyas Khel, was recently killed when the US-led allied troops attacked the hideouts of al-Qaeda and Taliban fugitives in Tora Bora.
Qari Bahadar was considered amongst the budding Afghans who are leading the resistance movement. Leading political figures in Afghanistan Wednesday confirmed to the media that both Rahim and Ilyas were in the US forces custody.
However, it couldn’t be ascertained whether or not they were extradited by Pakistan either to Bagram or Guantanamo prison. Meanwhile, the US-led forces have decided to establish a permanent military camp in Tora Bora to eliminate the al-Qaeda and Taliban forces.