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No information on Osama: Pakistan

Pakistan has no information on where Osama bin Laden is hiding or whether he is dead or alive, the Foreign Ministry said.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2006 17:37 IST

Pakistan has no information on where Osama bin Laden is hiding or whether he is dead or alive, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"We have no information about his coordinates. We have no information whether he is dead or alive," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said at a weekly news conference in the Pakistani capital.

Aslam's comments came amid recent speculation about bin Laden's status following a French newspaper report over the weekend.

French regional newspaper l'Est Republicain cited a leaked French secret service document as saying bin Laden had died of typhoid in Pakistan last month, but on Sunday France's foreign minister denied any knowledge that the Al-Qaeda leader was dead.

Bin Laden is widely believed to be hiding in the rugged region along the Pakistan and Afghan border.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that bin Laden "probably" was in Pakistan. Pakistani officials usually say bin Laden is more likely to be in Afghanistan.

Aslam said that leaders of the Taliban are present in Afghanistan and denied that Pakistan aided the radical Islamic militia.

"We believe that the Taliban leadership is inside Afghanistan, Taliban resurgence is in Afghanistan," she said.

A US military campaign ousted the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in late 2001 for harbouring Al-Qaeda.