Pakistani Delegation Returns after Talks with Taliban
A Pakistani delegation of religious scholars returned home Friday after talks with Taliban leaders in Afghanistan aimed at persuading the Islamic militia to hand over Osama bin Laden.
The plane carrying the delegation flew back to the southern city of Karachi following talks with Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar in the militia's southern Afghan stronghold of Kandahar.
The delegation, composed mainly of Islamic clerics, was accompanied by Pakistani military intelligence chief General Mahmood Ahmed.
There was no immediate indication if the delegation had succeeded in breaking the deadlock between the Taliban and the United States, which has threatened military strikes unless the militia hands over bin Laden.
Washington has identified bin Laden -- living under Taliban protection in Afghanistan since 1996 -- as the chief suspect in the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington -- ISLAMABAD (AFP)
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