Shariff met Osama 5 times, claims Ex-ISI official

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Islamabad, Sep 9: An ex-Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) official has revealed that former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif has met al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden five times.

The former ISI official and now chairman Defence of Human Rights organisation Khalid Khwaja, made this disclosure against the constant denial from Sharif's party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) that he never met the al-Qaeda chief.

Talking to ARY news on the programme Eleventh Hour, Khwaja said that he had arranged meetings between Laden and Sharif on Laden's request and the PML-N chief had held five meetings with the al-Qaeda chief so far.

"I challenge the deniers of such meetings and can present solid evidences in this respect," Khwaja was quoted as saying.

Hoping that Sharif would not 'tell a lie' in this regard, Khwaja claimed that he had met the al-qaeda chief over a hundered times, but not after the 9/11 attacks.

Responding to this, PML-N said, "The claims by Khalid Khwaja regarding the meetings between Nawaz Sharif and Osama bin Laden were "meaningless."

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