Hakimullah Mehsud denies death in new audio recording
Last Updated: Saturday, January 16, 2010, 23:23
  
Islamabad: Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on Saturday issued a new audio recording saying he was alive and well, and dismissed reports that he was killed in a US drone attack in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.

The recording was provided by the Taliban to media in northwest Pakistan a day after another audio message in which Mehsud said he was alive but did not mention Thursday's drone strike in Waziristan tribal region that triggered reports of his death.

"After the audio message I released yesterday, some people speculated and said that I did not mention the date," Mehsud is heard saying in the new recording.

"Today, on the 16th of January, I am saying it again – I am alive, I am OK, I am not injured... when the drone strike took place, I was not present in the area at that time," he added.

Missiles fired by US drones killed at least 15 militants in a Taliban training camp in Waziristan on Thursday and security officials has said Mehsud might be among the dead.

Mehsud dismissed the reports of his death as the "propaganda of kafirs (unbelievers)" aimed at weakening the Taliban.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, January 16, 2010, 23:23


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