Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf says he does not expect Taleban leaders in Afghanistan will hand over suspected terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
General Musharraf told U-S television (CNN) Sunday that signals coming out of Afghanistan from the Taleban about Mr. bin Laden are not very encouraging.
In Washington, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card says the Taleban should not remain in power if it continues to harbor terrorists.
In a U-S television interview (Fox), Mr. Card stopped short of saying the Bush Administration wants to topple the Taleban, maintaining instead that the United States wants to rid the world of terrorists. Mr. Card says the Taleban knows what to do -- turn over Osama bin Laden and all operatives of his terror network.
While Mr. Card reaffirmed that Washington is not negotiating with the Taleban, General Musharraf said his government will remain in contact with Taleban leaders, noting that the issues of terrorism and widespread suffering inside Afghanistan must be resolved. But he added Pakistan's formal alliance with the the Taleban is no longer in Pakistan's national interest.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said he has seen what he calls "incontrovertible evidence" linking Osama bin Laden with the suicide attacks on New York and Washington.