Afghan President Karzai: Bin Laden ‘Punished’ For His Deeds; Taleban Should ‘Learn a Lesson’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | May 2, 2011 | 5:15 PM EDT

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks at a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan in February. (AP photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

( - Afghan President Hamed Karzai said today that al Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden had been “punished” for his deeds by the successful U.S. raid on his compound in Pakistan yesterday and warned Afghan’s Taleban terrorist group to “learn a lesson” from bin Laden’s fate, according to translations of Afghan television broadcasts made by the BBC.

“As you brothers and sisters heard from the media today ... Osama Bin Laden, was punished for his deeds in an operation in Abbottabad city of Pakistan,” said Karzai in one excerpt from Afghanistan National TV translated by the BBC.

“Osama bin Laden was a person whose hand was stained with blood of thousands of thousands children, young and old of the Afghan people,” said Karzai. “Osama bin Laden was not only killer of the Afghan people, but he was also killer of Muslims of the world. He had killed innocent people in most parts of the world.”

In another excerpt from Afghanistan National TV as translated by the BBC, Karzai warned the Taleban to learn a lesson from what had happened to bin Laden.

“So, I call on the Taleban to learn a lesson from this issue which took place in Abbottabad yesterday,” Karzai said, according to a BBC translation. “They should renounce war. They should renounce destroying their homeland, their brothers, Muslims and the country's children. They should accept peace and stability. They should rescue their country from this misery and bewildering. I hope that if they have not learnt a lesson yet, they should understand that they should not fight their own people and do not use a 12-year-old Muslim child as a suicide attacker."