Pakistani FM: US may know Bin Laden's hideout
Wed, 07 Oct 2009 19:39:16 GMT
The United States may know the location of Osama Bin Laden's hideout, says the Pakistan's foreign minister.
"US may be aware of the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden," Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters in Washington on Tuesday, according to the India-based Sifynews.
“The US troops, engaged in a gruesome battle in Afghanistan, are equipped with sophisticated, state of art technology and weapons hence they may be aware about Laden's whereabouts,” Sifynews quoted Qureshi as saying.
The United States had recently claimed that the notorious al-Qaeda leader has sought refuge in Pakistan.
“Osama bin Laden is present in Pakistan. The command system of the Taliban is based in Quetta and they are launching their activities from the suburbs of the city,” said a statement issued by the deputy chief of the US embassy in Islamabad.
The US President Barack Obama's Administration has repeatedly claimed that the al-Qaeda and its affiliates live in the rugged western regions of Pakistan on the Afghan border.
The United States has used such claims as an excuse to attack the tribal areas in the region using its pilot less, predator drones.
The strikes have resulted in massive civilian casualties, something that the Pakistani government and people have strongly opposed.