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Tuesday, 25 September, 2001, 09:59 GMT 10:59 UK
Bin Laden statement in full
Full text of Osama Bin Laden's statement to Pakistan's Muslims:

To our Muslim brothers in Pakistan, peace be upon you.

I have received with great sadness the news that some of our Muslim brothers have been killed in Karachi while expressing their denouncement of the forces of the American crusade and their allies in the Muslim lands of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

We ask God to receive them as martyrs and may they become like the prophets, the believers and good people who were chosen to become God's companions, and may God grant their relatives patience and solace and bless their sons with good fortune and reward them greatly for their faith in Islam.

And for those martyrs who left behind children, those children will be mine and I will be their guardian with the blessing of God.

It is not surprising for the Islamic nation to rise up in Pakistan in defence of Islam. Pakistan is considered to be the first line of the defence of Islam in the region as was the case with Afghanistan in defending itself and Pakistan against the Russian invasion more than 20 years ago.

And we would hope that these brothers will be among the first martyrs in the battle of Islam in this era against the new Jewish crusader campaign that is led by the chief crusader Bush under the banner of the cross.

This battle is considered one of the glorious Islamic battles.

We incite our Muslim brothers in Pakistan to strive with all they posess and all they are able to against the American crusading forces to prevent them invading Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The prophet - peace be upon him - said: "Let him who does not invade or provide an invader or look after the family of an invader - God will curse him before Judgement Day" - this was witnessed by Abu Daoud.

I promise you, beloved brothers, you are firm on the path of jihad for the sake of God following the example of the prophet - peace be upon him - in supporting the brave believers of the Afghani people under the leadership of our fighter who holds his religion sacred: Commander of the Faithful the Mullah Mohammed Omar.

We ask God to grant him victory against the power and aggression of the infidels and to crush the new Jewish crusader campaign on the land of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Your brother in Islam

Osama Bin Muhammed Bin Laden

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