Report: Morsi Met with Al-Qaeda Leader al-Zawahiri While in Pakistan
Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi listens the speech of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf (not in picture) during a ceremony at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad March 18, 2013. Mursi receives an honorary doctorate in philosophy from NUST in Islamabad on Monday. (REUTERS/Mian Khursheed)
According to Misr Elgdida newspaper, during Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi’s recent visit to Pakistan he secretly met with Ayman Zawahiri, the leader of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda, and promised to smuggle him back to Egypt.
The paper used a Pakistani source Bloch Pakistan Newspaper which stated that since Zawahiri had to travel to remain in hiding between Pakistan and Afghanistan, that an agreement was reached with high level officials in the Pakistani Intelligence (ISI) to minimize the burden of security needs between the two nations, that Pakistan was glad to allow Zawahiri to leave to Egypt.
The Pakistani source which Elgdida quoted adds that:
“the meeting lasted 45 minutes, during which Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi promised to make preparations for Ayman Zawahiri to return soon to Egypt, indicating that some Muslim Brotherhood members would handle the operation, by first smuggling the al-Qaeda leader to a Gulf nation, likely Qatar, and then easily transferring him to Egypt—on condition that Zawahiri disappear lest he embarrass Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood with its American ally, whose security and intelligence agencies consider Zawahiri most wanted.”