Islamabad, Feb 17: Just when the arrest of Taliban leader in Karachi was making the world believe that Pakistan was acting tough against terrorist groups, it came out refuting report on the capture.
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Tuesday, Feb 16 that the report of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrest in a joint secret operation between Pakistan's and US intelligence services was a 'propaganda'.
"We are verifying all those we have arrested. If there is any big target, I will show the nation," Malik told reporters outside Parliament in Islamabad.
Calling the report as untrue, Malik questioned the credibility of the report.
"If the New York Times gives information, it is not a divine truth, it can be wrong. We have joint intelligence sharing and no joint investigation, nor joint raids. We are a sovereign state and hence will not allow anybody to come and do any operation. And we will not allow that. So this (report) is propaganda," Malik said in newspaper report.
On Monday, Feb 15, New York Times reported that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the second in command to Mullah Muhammad Omar, was captured in Karachi in a joint operation of the Pakistani and American intelligence forces.