ISLAMABAD: Former minister Ahmed Mukhtar has categorically denied his remarks on Osama bin Laden's presence in Pakistan. Talking to a private news channel, he blamed Indian media for misquoting his clips. Mukhtar served as the defence minister in former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's cabinet.

CNN-IBN previously claimed to have exposed what it called 'Pakistan's link with Osama' by repeating short clips of an interview its anchor Zakka Jacob conducted.

In those clips, it was concluded that Pakistan's top civilian and military leadership knew about Laden's presence inside Pakistan. Later, CNN-IBN on its official Twitter page claimed to have triggered a global impact, asserting on former defence minister’s words.

However, Mukhtar rejected the statements as portrayed by CNN-IBN. "I consider these statements utter nonsense," Mukhtar said. “Had Pakistan knew about Osama residing here, it would have taken action against him,” he added. "The statements have been taken out of context," he concluded.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied allegations regarding Osama's presence in the country.