Osama bin Laden not in Afghanistan: Minister

Afghan foreign minister denied having any knowledge of Osama`s whereabouts.

Kabul: Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is not hiding inside Afghanistan, an Afghan cabinet minister has said.

Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasoul on Sunday denied having any knowledge of the terrorist leader`s whereabouts, saying: "Regarding bin Laden, I can say he is not in Afghanistan, because if he was in Afghanistan, he would have been found".

"Where is he I don`t know, but he is not in Afghanistan and I can assure you that," Rasoul was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
The Afghan minister said his country was engaged in close discussions with Pakistan in order to reach a solution to combat terrorism, because Pakistan, in his view, was also a target for terrorist operations.