3,467. 3/19/2002

Pakistani nuclear scientist Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood was quoted in the Pakistani newspaper The News on March 19, 2002. " 'I met [Taliban leader] Mullah [Mohammad] Omar, members of his council of ministers as well as Osama bin Laden only to seek their cooperation in pursuing the goals of my organization,' he said."

 – Ahmed Rashid, Descent Into Chaos, 121

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