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Pakistan says Afghanistan's information on Taliban Omar old

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Feb 27, IRNA
Pakistan said on Monday that information provided by Afghan government about the presence of Taliban leader Mulla Omar in Pakistan is outdated.

Afghan officials said last week that a list of 150 wanted Taliban was handed over to Pakistan during this month's visit to Pakistan by President Hamid Karzai.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said that during the visit of President Karzai to Pakistan, a list of only forty persons was handed over to Pakistani authorities but Osama Bin Laden was not included in that.

Some information about Mullah Omer was also given but on checking it proved to be outdated, Tasneem Aslam said.

Asked about Afghan government's objection to Pakistan's naming missiles after Afghan heroes, she said Pakistan and Afghanistan share common heroes and history and has named its missiles after great Muslim heroes to acknowledge their contribution.

Replying to a question, she said during a recent meeting of tripartite commission of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States, Pakistan asked that there should be no repetition of Bajur incident.

Some 18 people including women and children were killed in Bajur tribal region last month when US missiles from Afghan struck three houses in the area.

Pakistan also urged the need for greater intelligence sharing and coordination among Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States, the Pakistani spokesperson said.

PM's Visits: Tasneem Aslam said Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz would pay an official visit to the United Kingdom from March 5 to March 8.

His engagements there would include a meeting with British prime minister and delivering a key note speech at Asia-2015 Conference.

She said Shaukat Aziz would also visit Jordan at the invitation of his Jordanian counterpart.

The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral relations in different fields.

The spokesperson said no date has yet been fixed for an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference foreign ministers on the issue of blasphemy.

To a question the spokesperson rejected report by the Human Rights Watch about human rights situation in Pakistan and said there are general accusations but no evidence has been presented.

She underlined that Pakistan is a vibrant society, media is very strong, a number of steps have been taken to empower women and minorities and consolidation of sustainable democracy in the country.

The spokesperson expressed concern over killing of about nine Kashmiris in Kupwara in Indian recently.


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