Talks between Taleban leaders and a visiting Pakistani delegation have apparently failed to break a deadlock over accused terrorist Osama bin Laden.
Press reports from Pakistan say the delegation has returned to Islamabad after meeting with Taleban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar in the southern city of Kandahar.
No details of the talks were released, but the reports said the Pakistani delegation failed to persuade the Taleban rulers to hand over either Osama bin Laden or eight western aid workers the Taleban is holding on charges of preaching Christianity.
The delegation included several religious leaders and Pakistani intelligence chief General Mehmood Ahmed.
The visit came one day after the Taleban delivered a message to the accused terrorist asking him to leave the country voluntarily. It was the first indication from the Taleban leaders they know the whereabouts of the Saudi exile.