No information on Osama's whereabouts: Pak
Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao also clarified that Pak's efforts to fight terror were not focused on just trapping bin Laden.india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 14:37 IST
Pakistan has no information on where Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden could be hiding, a Cabinet minister said on Monday.
Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao also said that Pakistan's efforts to fight terrorism were not focused on just trapping bin Laden.
"It is not to arrest one particular person but to curb terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," Sherpao said.
"We have no information on his (bin Laden's) whereabouts," he said.
Asked whether the most wanted man for the United States could be hiding along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Sherpao said that he cannot speculate "unless we get credible information" on his presence there.
On Sunday, the Arabic language television station, Al-Jazeera, broadcast a new audiotape purportedly from bin Laden.
In the tape, bin Laden issued new threats and accused the United States and Europe of supporting a "Zionist" war on Islam by cutting off funds to the Hamas-led Palestinian government.
Bin Laden also urged followers to go to Sudan, his former base, to fight a proposed UN peacekeeping force.
Bin Laden and his top deputy Ayman al-Zawahri have been thought to be hiding along the rugged Afghanistan-Pakistan border since fleeing Afghanistan in late 2001 when a US-led military campaign ousted the Taliban regime that had granted them sanctuary there.