On Monday, CNN quoted a Nato official, that Osama bin Laden is living comfortably in a house in north- west Pakistan close to his Egyptian-born deputy Ayman Al Zawahiri.
CNN said, local people are protecting Osama and “some members of the Pakistani intelligence services”.
On Zawahiri, the unnamed senior Nato official is quoted as saying, .”Nobody in Al Qaeda is living in a cave,” he was living close to Osama.
The report on CNN’s website said, “The official also confirmed the US assessment that Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban, has moved between the cities of Quetta and Karachi in Pakistan over the last several months”.
Meanwhile Pakistani authorities rejected the report, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters, “I categorically deny the report about the presence of Osama bin Laden or Ayman Al Zawahiri or even Mullah Omar in Pakistan”.
He said “Bin Laden… and all other terrorists are anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan and hired assassins. If we have any information we will take action against them”.
A foreign ministry official dismissed the CNN report as “baseless” that has been “put out to malign Pakistan”.