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America intensifies search for Laden

K J M Varma in Islamabad

As speculations ran high that Osama bin Laden could evade the American forces and slip out through Pakistan, the US fifth fleet started searching all ships leaving Pakistani territorial waters.

The combing operation started on Monday after the Bush administration issued orders to this effect through its Maritime Liaison Office in Bahrain.

The directive also offered $25 million to anyone who turned up Laden. Under the order, the US fifth feet mounted a picket on all ships leaving Pakistani waters, including commercial vessels.

It warned all mariners that any attempt to resist the search would entail severe repercussions, Pakistan daily The Nation reported.

Anyone suspected of assisting or transporting Laden or the leaders of the Al Qaeda would risk the sinking or seizure of their vessel and would be detained and jailed, the advisory said.

Also, any perceived hostility towards a US or coalition naval unit during these operations would result in the destruction of the commercial vessel, the directive said.

PTI

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