Afghanistan questions Pak's attitude
Kabul has hit back at Islamabad's dismissal of its intelligence about Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistani territory.Updated: Mar 02, 2006 16:05 IST
Afghanistan has hit back at Pakistan's dismissal of its intelligence about Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistani territory, notably information about the whereabouts of the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
Afghanistan handed over the information during a visit last month by President Hamid Karzai to Pakistan -- a key ally in the US "war on terror".
Pakistan at first denied in statements to the media that it had received the intelligence and then said most of it was outdated, including about the possible whereabouts of the fugitive Omar.
Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah questioned Pakistan's attitude.
He told the agency in an interview that Afghanistan would not have handed over information it did not believe in and neighbours were expected to share details of the common threat.
"We wouldn't have given anything to them had we not been sure about its credibility," he said in an interview.
Abdullah said Afghanistan believed most of the "Taliban leaders, which are actively instigating terror in Afghanistan" were in Pakistan, with Omar known to have spent time in the border city of Peshawar and in Balochistan province.
"We have provided evidence of him being outside of Afghanistan, in Quetta in Balochistan, to our Pakistani friends...
This was not for "one day, not one hour but time and again in Quetta, in Balochistan.
First Published: Mar 02, 2006 16:05 IST