Two Arabic television stations broadcast
a tape Sunday allegedly made by the number two leader of the al-Qaida organization.
The speaker on the tape calls on Pakistanis to overthrow their president.
The speaker on the tape was identified by the satellite TV stations as Ayhman
al-Zawahri, who is believed to be Osama bin Laden's top deputy and second in
command of the al-Qaida network.
The speaker accuses Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf of planning to send
troops to Iraq and of helping the United States to defeat the Taleban in Afghanistan.
The tape urges Pakistanis to overthrow their president and replace him with
someone who would better defend Islam and Muslims.
The speaker on the tape said the U.S.-led battle against terrorism is instead
a Christian-Zionist crusade to do away with Islam and Muslims.
The taped message appears to have been recently recorded because the speaker
refers to events that took place earlier this month. However, the identity
of the speaker has not been verified.