London: Ayman al-Zawahiri is not in Pakistan, said Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, challenging US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton`s remark that the al Qaeda chief was there.
Zawahiri, an Egyptian cleric, became the new Al Qaeda chief after the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad town May 2 last year.
"Why should I think he (Zawahiri) is in Pakistan?" he asked the Daily Telegraph.
"You have claimed that somebody has said that he is in Pakistan: if there is any information, please share with us," he was quoted as saying.
"We don`t think so," said Gilani in London when he was asked for his own view on whether the Al Qaeda chief was in Pakistan.
On May 7, during her three-day trip to India, Hillary Clinton had categorically said that Zawahiri was in Pakistan.
Clinton had said in Kolkata: "We want to disable al Qaeda. We believe Zawahiri is in Pakistan."
"You have to go over those who are trying to kill you. You have to be focused on that."