Pakistan denies arrest of Mullah Omar

July 8th, 2010 - 1:21 am ICT by IANS  

Mullah Omar Islamabad, July 7 (IANS) Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik Wednesday denied reports that Taliban chief Mullah Omar had been arrested in the country, saying Omar was still in Afghanistan.
Mullah Omar is not in the custody of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and is still in Kandahar in Afghanistan, Xinhua quoted Malik as telling Dawn News channel.

Malik also said that Osama bin Laden was neither in Pakistan territory nor near the international border areas near Afghanistan.

This was the first official response by the Pakistani government to recent reports in the media that Mullah Omar was arrested by the ISI in Pakistan following an American blogger’s claim that the Taliban chief was captured in Karachi March 27.

Mulla Omar is wanted by the US for sheltering Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda operatives prior to and after the Sep 11 attack on the World Trade Centre in New York.

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