American President,George W. President Bush, on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, said Wednesday he is "confident" Osama bin Laden "will be brought to justice."
Asked about the search for bin Laden and of the president's call for getting him "dead or alive," Bush said the search for bin Laden and his aides goes on. "It's not a matter of if they're captured and brought to justice, it's when they're brought to justice," Bush said. "I am confident he will be brought to justice. What's happening is that we've got U.S. forces on the hunt. ... There are Afghan forces on the hunt, not only for bin Laden but also those who plot and plan with him. We've got Pakistan forces on the hunt."
Meanwhile, a Pakistani minister said his country does not have any concrete evidence or information that suggests Bin Laden is hiding within its territories. Aftab Sherpao, Pakistan's Interior Minister, said in an interview with the Qatari Peninsula newspaper, Pakistan has deployed some 82,000 troops along its 2,400km borders with Afghanistan, especially in tribal areas to capture suspected Al Qaeda and Taleban elements. The Pakistan military had established 800 posts along this frontier and the troops had engaged in some 74 operations till date, which ended with over 700 militants killed or arrested.
"We, however, have no evidence or information that Osama Bin Laden is hiding in these areas, though it has been suggested often. If we do get some concrete proof that Osama Bin Laden or his associates are indeed hiding in that area, we can act accordingly. There have been reports that he is on our or Afghan side of the border," the Pakistani minister said.