|The Property Rights Newsletter|
May 6, 2011 - Issue #611
"Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people."
- Charlie Chaplin
Osama bin Laden's hatred of western decadence is well documented, but according to villagers close to where he was shot dead earlier this week, it seems he included smoking as one of its vices.
Shopkeepers where two of his close lieutenants did the bin Laden family shopping said they regularly bought one or two single cigarettes and smoked them immediately because they could not smoke them in their compound.
The apparent ban on smoking is in line with a Taliban ruling that while taking snuff is permissible, smoking tobacco is "haram" or forbidden by Islam.
Arshad Khan, described as a "fat" but polite and friendly man in his mid-thirties, and his younger thinner brother Tariq, regularly visited a row of poorly-stocked shops a few hundred yards from their compound to buy eggs, salt, milk and sweets for up to seven children in the compound.
The two brothers are believed to have been killed along with bin Laden in the US raid on their compound in Pakistan on Monday.
One of them, Arshad, is said to have been the trusted courier who unwittingly led American intelligence officials to discover bin Laden's hiding police after an eleven year search.
But according to local shopkeepers they were reserved, polite, generous and enjoyed a gossip and a furtive cigarette.
"They were good people. They were generous. They liked to mix with people and gossip," said tailor Yasir Khan, 28.
AND: Marijuana Crop Found Near Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan Compound.
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