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Islamabad, Asharq Al-Awsat – The Pakistani government has decided to deport the entire Bin Laden family, including Osama Bin Laden’s three widows, and nine children. Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, a senior Pakistani government official revealed that the Bin Laden family members will be deported to their countries of origin at the “appropriate time.”

The high-ranking Islamabad official revealed that Bin Laden’s Yemeni wife, Amal Abdul-Fattah, along with her 5 children, would be the first to be deported by Pakistan to their country of origin, Yemen. As for Bin Laden’s remaining widows, and their children, they would be deported at the “appropriate time.”

The Pakistani government official also informed Asharq Al-Awsat that the Yemeni government had agreed, in principle, to accept the return of Abdel-Fattah and her children as soon as possible. He also revealed that the Pakistani government had informed the Yemeni government, more than a month ago, that Abdel-Fattah had valid Yemeni travel documents in her possession.

The senior Pakistani government official stressed that “the Yemeni government agreed with us that this group of people from members of Osama Bin Laden’s family must be returned to Yemen.”

The Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence agency [ISI] has been questioning Bin Laden’s three widows, to try to obtain information about Bin Laden’s presence in their country, as well as details of his daily life there. Islamabad also allowed the CIA access to the three Bin Laden widows.

However it now seems that Islamabad is looking to deport the remaining members of the Bin Laden family, now that the ISI has ended its investigation. Pakistani officials have stated that it would be impossible for the Pakistani government to allow the Bin Laden family to remain in its territory, particularly as this would require the Bin Laden family being provided with round-the-clock security by the ISI.

It is clear that the Pakistani government is not interested in issuing any charges against any members of the Bin Laden family, although many Pakistani legal experts believe that the Bin Laden family violated Pakistani law by illegally entering and living in the country.

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