When USA couldn’t locate Laden, this Pakistani Journalist interviewed him several times

There was a police force from 11 countries behind Osama bin Laden, but the police couldn’t succeed in capturing him. Instead, a journalist named Hamid Mir successfully located him.

Hamid Mir accomplished this task not just once, but three times. During one encounter, he interviewed Osama bin Laden and just as he was leaving, a rocket attack occurred.

This incident made Hamid Mir suspicious, but before he could act on it, a person approached Osama bin Laden and whispered something in his ear. Osama bin Laden then informed Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri about it. Dr. Reman Al-Zawahiri told Hamid Mir, “Mr. Mir, we have to windup this conversation. We have to run now.”  Hamid Mir asked what happened.

he said, “Our location has been exposed. In the area where we are, Kabul, our security person has apprehended a beggar who had a wireless set.” This means that the location has been revealed. Our location has been exposed.

Dr. Reman Al-Zawahiri instructed someone, “Take Mr. Mir with you and run.” Then he also fled from there. With great difficulty, Hamid Mir made it to the United Nations office outside Kabul City.

On the Kabul-Jalalabad Road, there was a checkpoint where the Taliban captured Hamid Mir. They asked him, “Where is your beard?” Hamid Mir replied, “I am a journalist.” Then they asked, “What are you doing here?”  Hamid Mir said, “I am here on a visa. I have taken pictures of the helicopter crash and have recorded them on tape.” He handed over his camera and tape recorder.

The photos that Hamid Mir had clicked were already retrieved and hidden in his shoes. After that, they took Hamid Mir to Wazir e Difa, who knew him. Wazir Difa said to Hamid Mir, “Your government is not doing well. They mentioned Pervez Musharraf’s name and said he is a good man, but he didn’t do well. Now you may go.” As Hamid Mir was leaving, Wazir called out to him from behind, “Hamid Mir, I know where you came from. But don’t come again, just go.”

Sweta Dagar is an avid reader and writer. She hails from Bulandshahr (U.P) where she completed her formap education. She loves exploring varieties of topics that shape the public opinion at large. If you have any queries, feel free to contact her at [email protected].