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Osama may be dead: Zardari
Published on 28 Apr. 2009 12:58 AM IST
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Pakistani intelligence believes Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is dead, President Asif Ali Zardari said Monday, but also admitted that he did not have any evidence of this. “The Americans tell me they don’t know, and they are much more equipped than us to trace him. Our own intelligence services obviously think that he does not exist any more, that he is dead,” APP quoted Zardari as telling a group of international journalists. “But there is no evidence, you cannot take that as a fact,” he said, adding: “We are between facts and fiction.” “The question is whether he is alive or dead. There is no trace of him,” Zardari maintained. The Taliban, who control much of Swat and six other districts of the restive North West Frontier Province (NWFP) that is collectively known as the Malakand division, had last week invited Osama to visit the area. Zardari’s response came after the local spokesman for the Taliban in the troubled Swat valley said that his group would welcome Osama if the Qaeda chief wanted to come here. “Yes, we will help them and protect them.” Khan said.

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