316. 12/15/1989

"During the same period that the [Afghan President Najibullah's Administration's defense minister Shahnawaz] Tanai coup was being planned–around December 1989–Pakistani intelligence reached out to bin Laden for money to bribe legislators to throw [Pakistani Prime Minister] Benazir Bhutto out of office, according to reports that later reached Bhutto. According to Bhutto, ISI [Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence] officers telephoned bin Laden in Saudi Arabia and asked him to fly to Pakistan to help organize a no-confidence vote in parliament against Bhutto's government, the first step in a Pakistan army plan to remove her forcibly from office." [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Ghost Wars, Steve Coll, 12/15/1989

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