Pacha Wazir

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Not to be confused with Padsha Wazir.
Pacha Wazir
Arrested 2002
United Arab Emirates
Citizenship United Arab Emirates
Detained at


Charge(s) No charge
Status transferred to Afghanistan on February 2010
Occupation banker

Haji Pacha Wazir is an Emirati citizen who ran a series of Hawala banks before being arrested in 2003, amid accusations that he worked as the "main banker" for Osama bin Laden.[1]

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service alleges that Mohamed Harkat was recorded on the phone with a "Haji Wazir" whom handled financial transactions for him, and described his bid to gain permanent resident status in Canada.[2]

According to Rob Suskind, when Wazir was arrested and sent to a Central Intelligence Agency black site, he proved uncooperative and American officials illegally transferred his brother from Germany to the same site, and arrested his branch manager in Karachi. Members of the American Central Intelligence Agency posed as distant cousins taking over the business after Wazir's illness, and continued financial transactions, entrapping many of his colleagues as well.[3]

However, in his book The Interrogator: An Education, Glenn Carle contradicts the claims Suskind made about Wazir. Carle was the CIA officer who handled the interrogation of Wazir, and according to his account, Carle concluded after the interrogation that Wazir cooperated and told the truth about his operations. Reporting on Wazir's story after the publication of Carle's book, Scott Horton for Harper's Magazine concludes, "The suggestion that Pacha Wazir was consciously managing bin Laden’s financial affairs was then, and remains today, utterly baseless." Perhaps the most shocking part of Carle's account is that his conclusions about Wazir were ignored by his superior's at the CIA. As a result, it was not until February 2010 was Wazir released and sent home to Afghanistan.[4]


  1. ^ "Harkat spoke with Bin Laden's banker". 2008-11-04. Archived from the original on 2009-05-16. 
  2. ^ "Harkat shows classic signs of 'sleeper' agent: CSIS". CTV News. 2008-11-04. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ Suskind, Rob. "The One Percent Doctribe", 2006
  4. ^ Horton, Scott (2011-07-05). "Unredacting "The Interrogator"". Harpers. Archived from the original on 2011-07-05.