Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden today called on Pakistanis to rebel against President Pervez Musharraf.
In a new audiotape released today, he said the Egyptian military's siege of a militant mosque stronghold this year makes Musharraf an "infidel".
The storming of the Red Mosque in Islamabad in July "demonstrated Musharraf's insistence on continuing his loyalty, submissiveness and aid to America against the Muslims ... and makes armed rebellion against him and removing him obligatory," bin Laden said in the tape.
"So when the capability is there, it is obligatory to rebel against the apostate ruler, as is the case now," he said, according to a transcript of the tape released by Laura Mansfield, an American terror expert who monitors militant message traffic.
Bin Laden's voice was heard over video showing previously released footage of the terror leader. The video was released on Islamic militant websites.
Later, Pakistan's military vowed to "eliminate" terrorism, undeterred by a call from al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden for a rebellion against President Gen Pervez Musharraf.
"We have the aim and objective, as our national duty, to eliminate terrorists and eradicate extremism," Army spokesman Maj Gen Waheed Arshad said. "Such threats issued through videos or in any other way cannot deter us (from fulfilling that duty)", Arshad said.