It has come again. It came from chief of al-Qaeda Ayman al-Zawahiri. The terror kingpin urged Saudis in a video message to rise up against the ruling family as they are plundering resources of the country. In his message, he said that the people of Saudi Arabia should start sincere struggle against royal al-Saud family of their country as people of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen did against their respective monarchs. Zawahiri urged the Saudis to raise voice against the monarchy in the country by terming them as "companions of the Prophet."
Ayman al-Zawahiri took charge of al-Qaeda after Osama Bin Laden was killed by the US Navy Seals in a sting operation in Pakistan. The terrorist was shot dead in a compound in Abbottabad – one of the garrison cities of Pakistan – on May 2 last year. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said two weeks back during her visit to India that Zawahiri is hiding in Pakistan somewhere. However, she stopped short of the response to a question about the United States' possible operation in Pakistan to eliminate the terrorist as it did in the case of Osama Bin Laden.
The uprising that started in February last year from Tunisia has largely spared Saudi Arabia for a number of reasons, while al-Qaeda and Iran have been trying their best to create anarchy in the country for their vested interests. However, appeals of al-Qaeda chief and conspiracies of Iran have failed so far in creating any major chaos in Saudi Arabia against the monarch.
Two months back, Zawahiri also urged Pakistanis to revolt against the government and military leadership in order to bring a positive change in the country. He relayed this message through a video posted on Jihadist forums. In the 10-minute speech, the al-Qaeda chief said the government of Pakistan was acting just like a puppet to the United States while Pakistan army had also failed to protect national interests and therefore, it was responsibility of the people to start uprising against their rulers.
The al-Qaeda chief also advised Pakistanis to adopt the uprising in different Arab countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Syria and Libya as their role model and start a struggle against the people sitting at the helm of affairs. He said that Pakistan had become a satellite state for the United States and protecting its interests. Zawahiri expressed grief and anger over the government of Pakistan for continuing cooperation with the United States even after the NATO forces killed at least 26 soldiers during an attack on a military check post at Salala – Mohmand Agency – in November last year.