October 14, 2001, Chandigarh, India
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Taliban reject Bush offer
Kabul, October 13
Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban today rejected the offer by US President George W. Bush to halt air strikes if they handed over Osama bin Laden, saying that they would fight until their last breath. “We once again want to say that their (the US) intention is a war against Muslims and Afghans,” Taliban Information Minister Mullah Qudratullah Jamal told Reuters. “Osama is not the issue and people have realised this by the crimes they are committing,”
Karachi, October 13
The Pakistani police yesterday arrested Abdullah Shah Mazhar, leader of Al-Furqan organisation for violating local laws on the display of weapons in public. Mazhar has links to Jaish-e-Mohammad (Army of Mohammad), an organisation whose name was included in the watch list of the USA for being involved in terrorism, before he formed his own
organisation Al-Furqan recently.
Ban on scribes
Islamabad, October 13
Pakistan today banned foreign journalists from crossing its borders to enter Afghanistan and said it would deport the defaulters, even as Taliban made a vain bid to take a team of mediapersons from Peshawar to Jalalabad to show the damage caused by the US strikes.