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Pakistan denies bin Laden's presence in country - interior minister

RIA Novosti

14:10 19/10/2010

NEW DELHI, October 19 (RIA Novosti) - Islamabad has rejected reports by leading world media claiming that "terrorist number 1," Osama bin Laden, and the group of his backers have taken shelter in Pakistan, Dawn News TV channel said on Tuesday citing the Pakistani interior minister.

"I strongly deny the reports about the presence of Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri or Mullah Omar in Pakistan," Rehman Malik said.

Malik's statement came after a CNN report referring to an unnamed NATO official, which said that bin Laden and al Qaeda's number two man, Egyptian al-Zawahiri, had taken shelter in northwestern Pakistan while the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, was living in the south of the country, moving between the cities of Quetta and Karachi.

"Bin Laden and all the terrorists are against Islam and against Pakistan, they are assassins. If we had any information, we would take actions against them," Malik said.

Numerous reports from world media repeatedly say that the international terrorist's shelter is in Pakistan. Islamabad traditionally denies the reports, saying nobody has ever given any information about bin Laden.

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