Speech by Taliban leader Mullah
The following is the text
of a speech by Mullah Mohammad Omar read out today at a meeting of Afghan
clerics gathered in the capital, Kabul, to discuss the fate of Saudi-born
Osama bin Laden.
(Scholars) have always guided the Ummah.
state is the true Islamic state in the world and for this reason the
enemies of our religion and our country look on us as a thorn in their
eyes and use different pretexts to try to finish it, including the one
about the presence of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
They put the
blame for Washington and New York on him. The the question is how did
Osama tell the pilots? And which airports did they use? And whose planes
were those? The answer is that it is America.
In this regard,
Afghanistan does not have the resources and neither does Osama have the
strength or resources. He is not in contact with anyone and neither have
we given permission to anyone to use the Afghan land against anyone.
We have not
tried to create friction with America. We have had several talks with the
present and past American governments and we are ready for more talks.
We have told
America that we have taken all resources from Osama and he cannot contact
the outside world. And we have told America that neither the Islamic
Emirate of Afghanistan or Osama are involved in the American events. But
it is sad that America does not listen to our word.
repeats threats and makes various accusations and now it is threatening
This is being
done in circumstances in which we have offered alternatives on the Osama
We have said, if
you have evidence against Osama, give it to the Afghan Supreme Court or
the ulema (clerics) of three Islamic countries, or have OIC (Organisation
of Islamic Countries) observers keep an eye on Osama.
rejected these, one by one. If America had considered these suggestions
there would not have been a chance of such a great misunderstanding.
We appeal to the
American government to exercise complete patience, and we want America to
gather complete information and find the actual culprits.
We assure the
whole world that neither Osama nor anyone else can use the Afghan land
against anyone else.
And if even
after this, America wants to use force and wants to attack Afghanistan and
our innocent and oppressed people and wants to destroy the Islamic
emirate, we seek your guidance and a fatwa (ruling) on the issue in the
light of Islamic Sharia."
Servant of Islam,
Leader of the Faithful, Mullah
Mohammad Omar, 19th September, 2001
Below is the same speech as reported and translated by the
Speech by Taliban's
Leader to Clerics
By The Associated Press,
Sept 19, 2001
Here is a translation of
the Pashtu-language speech by the leader of Afghanistan Islamic Taliban
government, Mullah Mohammed Omar, that was read to the hundreds of clerics
meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. It was obtained by the Afghan
Islamic Press, a Pakistan-based Afghan news agency with close ties to the
"Our system is the
true example of an Islamic system. For the enemies of religion and our
country, this system is like a thorn in their eyes, and they are trying to
destroy it under various pretexts.
Holding Osama bin
Laden responsible for the strikes in New York and Washington is an excuse.
Afghanistan does not have resources, nor is Osama that powerful, nor does
he have contacts with the outside world to carry out or plan such attacks.
We also do not give him permission to use Afghan territory against any
We have never tried to
create problems with America. We have held talks in the present and the
past with U.S. governments several times, and we are ready for more
We have told America
that we have severed all the communication links of Osama, and he cannot
have contact with the outside world.
America considers him
as a suspect (in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Osama has denied his involvement. It is unfortunate that America doesn't
listen to us and levels all sorts of charges and threatens military
We have told America
that if it has any evidence, give it to the Afghan Supreme Court, or let
the clerics from any three Islamic countries decide his case, or he could
be placed under the observation of the Organization of the Islamic
Conference, (a body representing 52 Islamic nations). But these offers
have all been rejected.
We appeal to the
American government for tolerance and ask it to conduct an investigation
and track down the real culprits. We want to assure the world that Osama
cannot use Afghan soil against any country.
Despite all this, if
America still wants to attack us, and to punish our innocent people, and
to destroy the Islamic government of Afghanistan, we want to get the
religious decision from you, our respected religious scholars. You should
make a decision in light of Islamic Shariat (law)."
of Islam, Leader of the Faithful, Mullah Mohammad Omar, 19th September,
Source: Reuters - Wednesday,
September 19, 2001