WASHINGTON - The United States has found no credible evidence that slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had a support network during the nine years he spent as a fugitive in Pakistan, a State Department spokesman has said.

Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner was reacting to reports that bin Laden hopscotched among safe houses in big cities and small towns with his growing family before US forces killed him in his final hideout in Abbottabad last May.

Asked at the daily briefing on Friday whether the Pakistan Government was consistently lying to the US over bin Laden, he said: “Immediately after the Abbottabad raid, we (the US) asked the Pakistani Government the question of whether there was a larger network at play here, or there was some kind of network of support, I guess, for bin Ladin when he was there. We have not received any information that indicates that there was such a network of support there.” When pressed whether he believed that Pakistan had lied to the US, Toner said, “I don’t believe so ... we haven’t received any indications that indicate that there was some broader network, no.”

On US-Pakistan relations, the deputy spokesman said Washington is awaiting the results of the parliamentary review now taking place in Islamabad and would be prepared to discuss some of the issues Pakistan’s democratic debate would raise.

Toner would not comment on the latest US drone attack against militant targets on the Pakistani tribal border territory.

, an issue which is likely to be a major point of deliberation in the parliamentary review on the future course of bilateral ties, which suffered a series of setbacks last year.

“We continue to await the results of the parliamentary review. That’s still ongoing. But I think that in terms of our relations, we continue to have engagement at all levels within the Pakistani Government. And we certainly respect the review process that’s under way and we look forward to the results, and then we’ll be willing to discuss some of the issues raised by that.”

The parliamentary review follows last November’s NATO airstrikes on Pakistani checkposts along the Afghan border that claimed the lives of 24 Pakistani soldiers.

A published report based on the account one of bin Laden’s wives has given to investigators has renewed debate over how he eluded detection by Pakistan’s security services.

The report is based on the interrogation of Amal Ahmed al-Sadah, a Yemeni national and the last of bin Laden’s five wives — three of whom were living with the Al-Qaeda chief at the time of the raid on his villa in Abbottabad last May.