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Musharraf Says Al-Qaeda Cannot Organize Global Terror From Pakistan


http://gdb.rferl.org/118030B4-D0C1-4638-AB59-FEB9B823CF06_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/118030B4-D0C1-4638-AB59-FEB9B823CF06_mw800_mh600.jpg President Musharraf (file photo) 25 July 2005 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf today said a "broken" Al-Qaeda in Pakistan could not have directed the bomb blasts in Egypt and London.

Speaking to journalists in Lahore, Musharraf rejected as "totally baseless" suggestions that the Al-Qaeda network had its headquarters in Pakistan.

However Musharraf said small groups of Al-Qaeda militants might still be hiding in the country's North and South Waziristan tribal regions.

Egyptian police earlier said they were searching for six Pakistani nationals who disappeared from their hotel in Sharm el-Sheik resort following the bomb blasts on 23 July, which killed more than 60 people.

Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Muhammad Naeem Khan said the media reports had created the impression that the Pakistanis were prime suspects. But Khan noted that this was not the case and that Islamabad had received no official information from Egypt over the police claims.

(AFP/AP)
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