November 12, 2010

Al-Qaeda No. 2’s book banned in Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


Ayman Al-Zawahiri in action.

Ayman Al-Zawahiri spreading the love.

According to a report by Central Asia Online, “The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government November 10 banned the sale and publication of a book written by al-Qaeda‘s No. 2 leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri.”

The book, entitled, Spaida-e-Sehr Aur Timtamata Chiragh, has been banned throughout the province, and the government declared all copies must be turned into the authorities immediately. They said the book has the potential to provoke the religious feelings of the public, according to CAO, but “did not say whether authorities had seized any copies of the book or if they made their decision based on a tip from security agencies,” the report continued.

A senior government official responsible for tracking al-Qaeda propaganda campaigns told CAO “that the book could help Al-Qaeda spread its message. ‘We need to stay vigilant against al-Qaeda propaganda and let no such book hit newsstands or book shops.'”

The official requested anonymity because he did not have permission to speak to the media.

Valerie Merians is the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House.