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Information about Mullah Omar not new: Pakistan

The list containing details of key figures of Al-Qaeda and Taliban, did not contain the name of Osama bin Laden.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 22:25 IST
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Pakistan on Monday said the information given to it by Afghan authorities on the whereabouts of Taliban militia's fugitive leader Mullah Omar was not new.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam also told reporters that the list containing details of key figures of Al-Qaeda and Taliban, given separately by Afghan President Hamid Karzai did not contain the name of the terror network's chief Osama bin Laden.

"We have checked certain information was provided and this information is not current," she said about details of Omar's whereabouts provided by Afghan authorities.

Confirming that Karzai had, during his recent visit to Pakistan, handed over a list of less than 40 persons, Aslam said investigations by the Pakistani intelligence agencies were already underway.

The Pakistani agencies were in touch with their Afghan counterpart and agencies of other countries, she added.

The spokesperson, replying to a question, said that name of Osama bin Laden was not mentioned on the list.

Aslam also rejected a report by Human Rights Watch on human rights situation in Pakistan, saying it made general accusations and insinuations without any evidence.

She said Pakistan has a vibrant society with free media, growing democratic institutions and civil society.

The government, she added, has taken a number of steps to improve human rights situation and empower women and minorities and its policies are geared towards uplift and consolidation of sustainable democracy in the country.

On reported killing of four Kashmiri boys in Jammu and Kashmir she hoped India would take "credible measures to improve human rights."