Sharif never met Osama: PML-N

Reports said that the former Pak PM had sought political cooperation from the Al-Qaeda chief.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 17:19 IST

Reacting to media reports that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had met Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and had sought political cooperation from him, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has said that no such meeting had ever taken place.

PML-N Information Secretary Siddiqul Farooq was quoted by the Dawn as saying that US intelligence agencies, the then Pakistani government, ISI and other secret agencies of Pakistan, Afghan Mujahideen, several religious parties including Jamaat-i-Islami and Osama bin Laden were jointly fighting to liberate Afghanistan from the Soviet occupation.

According to the PML-N, Osama was a highly dignified person in the eyes of others and the US at that time.

Later, differences developed between Osama and the US on the issue of Afghanistan and now they stand adversaries to each other.

The party also described as false and baseless reports that suggested that Osama wanted to see Sharif as Prime Minister again and that he was willing to purchase the loyalties of assembly members for this purpose.

The party described Sharif as person who has been committed to the welfare of Pakistan for the past 23 years.

First Published: Mar 20, 2006 17:13 IST