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Pakistan freezes Bin Laden cash

Bank accounts and assets of Osama Bin Laden and several Pakistani organisations suspected of backing terrorism have been frozen by Pakistani authorities. A list of the 15 organisations and individuals whose assets were frozen was presented to the Pakistani parliament and published in the newspaper, the News. The report in the News said 640 million rupees (about $10m) belonging to suspected terrorists and their organisations had been frozen. Among them was just under $2,000 held in a bank in the western city of Peshawar by Osama Bin Laden. Pakistani officials were not available for comment. Bin Laden, who is a multi-millionaire, lived in Peshawar, close to the Afghan border, in the 1980s, helping the CIA-backed mujahideen struggle against Soviet forces in Afghanistan. The United Nations passed a resolution after the suicide airliner attacks in America on 11 September 2001 obliging nations to freeze the assets of terrorist suspects. Full Story

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