Taliban chief Mullah Omar in Pak: Kabul
The Afghan President has handed intelligence to Pakistan that indicates key Taliban figures are hiding in Pakistan.india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 13:58 IST
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has handed intelligence to Pakistan that indicates Mullah Mohammed Omar, supreme leader of the Taliban regime ousted by US-led forces, and key associates are hiding in Pakistan, a senior Afghan official said.
The intelligence was shared during a visit by Karzai to Islamabad last week, and comes after a wave of suicide attacks that have fuelled Afghan suspicions that militants are operating out of Pakistan.
Afghanistan also provided information about the locations of alleged terrorist training camps along the border and in Pakistani cities, said the official, who is familiar with the information shared with Pakistan.
"We have passed on the intelligence that we have about Mullah Omar and a number of his close associates to Pakistan," the official said on Friday.
"The intelligence is about those members of the Taliban leadership who we believe are in Pakistan."
Omar has been at large since the Taliban was ousted by US-led forces in late 2001 for sheltering Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The US government has offered a $10 million reward for information leading to Omar's capture.
Earlier this week, Pakistan's interior minister, Aftab Khan Sherpao, confirmed that Afghanistan had handed over information about Taliban suspects. On Friday, he declined comment. He said, however, that Pakistan would capture them "if they are here."
A senior Pakistani Interior Ministry official said it was easy to make the allegation, but asked, "Do they have any evidence?"