Just days after US ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson said that Quetta had beomce a major base for the Afghan Taliban, United States Deputy Chief of Mission in Islamabad Gerald Feierstein also stated that Mullah Omar is operating from Quetta.

Feierstein was of the view that Osama bin Laden is operating from the tribal areas of Pakistan and maintains that the control centre of the Afghan Taliban is based in Quetta.

He said that the United Stated has conveyed its concerns to Pakistan government and that both governments are in touch on the matter.

On the issue of Blackwater or any private security company operating in Pakistan, Feierstein said that all such rumours are unfounded.