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Osama in Pakistan?

KABUL, DEC. 27. The terrorist mastermind, Osama bin Laden, is believed to be with `friends' of a Pakistani religious party leader, Afghan Government sources said today.

Mohammad Abeel, spokesman for the Defence Ministry in Kabul, said Laden was believed to be with ``friends'' of Maulana Fazal Ur Rehman, leader of Jamiat Ulema -E-Islam, in a border area of Pakistan. He did not elaborate or divulge the source of his information.

Mr. Riaz Durrani, Central Information Secretary for Jamiat Ulema-E-Islam, rejected the report as `baseless.'