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U.S. accused of targeting Pakistan

Rehman called on people to unite against the United States  

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- The United States is stirring up animosity between Pakistan and India, according to the leader of a radical Islamic party in Pakistan -- a man with ties to Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.

JUI party head Maulana Fazalur Rehman, who said Friday the Pakistani government had extended his house arrest by a month, called for the people of Pakistan to unite against the United States, saying America is working with India to target Pakistan now that the Taliban have been vanquished.

Speaking to CNN by telephone, he said India must provide proof that Pakistan backed the militants who attacked the Indian Parliament earlier this month, killing 14 people.

"Right now Pakistan is facing the same situation that the Taliban was facing a few months back when they asked the U.S.A. to give proof against Osama bin Laden," Rehman said. "Now Pakistan is asking India for proof against those terrorists."

U.S. State Department officials told CNN Thursday that the United States already has been "talking with the Pakistanis and sharing evidence that we have about who was involved."

Thursday, Rehman denied an Afghan official's allegation that he was harboring bin Laden in Pakistan. He said Friday that he'd had no contact with either bin Laden or Omar since the fall of the Taliban and had no idea where they were.

-- CNN Producer Syed Naqvi contributed to this report.


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