News report termed ‘fabricated, baseless’


ISLAMABAD: Top Pakistani intelligence officials on Wednesday reportedly rejected claims made by a British journalist that the ISI ran a special desk to handle former al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. “There is no truth in New York Times story,” an intelligence official, who wished not to be named, told a private news channel. “The claims are totally baseless.” Officials said that nobody in Pakistan knew about the presence of Osama bin Laden. Meanwhile, another news channel reported that intelligence sources had strongly rejected The New York Times report – accusing Pakistan of harbouring bin Laden. The sources said that the newspaper’s piece was fabricated and based on lies, adding that the correspondent – Carlotta Gall – who wrote this piece was deported from Pakistan after being declared undesirable. Lashing out at the reports, the intelligence sources said that the purpose of The NY Times report was to malign agencies and Pakistan. There has so far been no official reaction from either the Foreign Office or the Inter-Services Public Relations, the media wing of the Pakistan Army. However, responding to the allegations, Hafiz Saeed told a local news channel, “They don’t want peace in Pakistan, and want to confuse people. If they have any evidence, present it, if not, stop the propaganda.” 

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