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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Pak denies Afghan Taliban chief is in Karachi

Islamabad: Pakistan has dismissed a report that Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar had fled from Quetta to Karachi with the help of ISI to avoid the possibility of being targeted by US drones.

'This is ridiculous to say the least,' Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit told reporters. He said there had been speculation about Omar's presence in Pakistan 'for years'.

'According to our information,the head of the Taliban in Afghanistan should be in Afghanistan. If someone knows about his whereabouts, it would be far better if that information is shared with us rather than speculating through the media,' Basit said.

He said there 'is simply no truth' in the assertion that Omar is in Pakistan.

Two senior US intelligence officials and a former CIA officer had been quoted by The Washington Times as saying that Omar travelled to Karachi last month after the end of the holy month of Ramzan.

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