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Pakistani man denies having sex with Taliban American

John Walker Lindh, shortly after his capture in Afghanistan
John Walker Lindh, shortly after his capture in Afghanistan

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BANNU, Pakistan (CNN) -- A Pakistani businessman denied Monday a report in Time magazine that implies he had a homosexual affair with John Walker Lindh, the American who joined the Taliban.

Khizar Hayat said he did not tell Time his relationship with Walker Lindh was sexual.

Their relationship, he told CNN, was "the kind of relationship any good Muslim should have with another."

Hayat, who said Walker Lindh stayed with him about a month, denied having sexual relations with the young American. "That's nonsense," he said. "We never had any such relationship."

The Time article, which explores how a young man from suburban America ended up with the Taliban, contains the following passage:

"Hayat met Lindh and took him on a tour of various madrasahs, searching for the perfect one from Karachi in the south to Peshawar in the northwest. The young American rejected them all and preferred remaining at Hayat's side. He helped Hayat at his store, a prosperous business dealing in powdered milk. Hayat, who has a wife and four children, says he had sex with Lindh.

"'He was liking me very much. All the time he wants to be with me,' says Hayat, who has a good though not colloquial command of English. 'I was loving him. Because love begets love, you know.'"

Lindh's lawyers deny that their client engaged in any homosexual relationships.



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