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Pakistan Army Rejects Report On Bin Laden's Mobile Phone

Pakistani Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani (right) and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Ahmad Shuja Pasha attend an inaugural meeting of a Pakistan-Afghanistan joint peace commission in Islamabad on June 11.
The Pakistani army has rejected a report that a cell phone found in the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani hideout contained contacts to a militant group with ties to Pakistan's intelligence agency.

"The New York Times," citing unnamed senior U.S. officials, reported that the discovery indicated that bin Laden used the group, Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen, as part of his support network inside Pakistan.

The Al-Qaeda leader was killed by U.S. Special Forces in a May 1-2 raid inside Pakistan.

Pakistan army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said on June 24 that the report was part of "a well orchestrated smear campaign against our security organizations."

compiled from Reuters reports