ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday denied reports in international and local media claiming that officials from the United States (US) had a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding the alleged link between Tashfeen Malik, the female shooter in the California rampage, and Lal Masjid and its cleric, a statement issued by the Prime Minister's House said.

The statement said news reports regarding the meeting of a special US envoy with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in London to discuss the California tragedy are 'baseless' and 'incorrect.'

Meanwhile, Maulana Abdul Aziz, Khateeb of Lal Masjid and his spouse Umma Hasaan have also categorically denied having any link with Tashfeen Malik and some picture with the lady.

Maulana Abdul Aziz also expressed his profound grief over the California carnage as Islam strictly prohibits killing of innocent people, says a statement issued by Lal Masjid management.

Further clarifying his position, Maulana Abdul Aziz termed it totally baseless that he was having photograph with Tashfeen Malik quickly adding that he has heard the name for the first time in his life.

The statement from Prime Minister’s House came after the reports published in local and international media that US officials had delivered a message regarding the alleged link between Malik and Islamabad's Lal Masjid to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in London.

The spouse of Maulana Abdul Aziz Umma Hasaan said that her husband avoid meeting strange women and had given a few interviews to some female correspondents of foreign media but even in those interviews either she or some of their daughters remained in the room during the interviews.

She further said that she did not recall the lady with the name Tashfeen Malik had ever met Maulana in capacity of the interviewer or interpreter, so there is no chance of her photograph with him.

It was reported by the Los Angeles chapter of Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) that Tashfeen Malik was of Pakistani origin.

Malik had been married to Farooq – the second shooter – for two years. The couple had a six-month-old baby girl, claimed CAIR.

Malik had also pledged allegiance to the militant Islamic State's (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi using a separate Facebook account, according to US officials.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents have taken charge of the investigation of the mass shooting in San Bernardino and were combing through evidence.

Law enforcement officials quoted earlier by The New York Times said the FBI was treating the shooting as a potential terrorist act.

Malik, with her husband Syed Rizwan Farook, opened fire on a banquet at a social services centre for the disabled in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and seriously wounding more than a dozen others.