Taliban not terrorists: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Taking a firm stance in the international fight against terrorism, Pakistan on Monday said it does not acknowledge Taliban as a terrorist organisation.

Foreign ministry spokesman Riaz Mohammad Khan said that the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan were not "terrorists."

"The Taliban are not terrorists. We never regarded them as terrorists," he told a press conference hours before the arrival of US Secretary of State Colin Powell for talks on the US military campaign in Afghanistan. ( AFP )