Pakistani establishment knew about Osama, claims Pak ex-Defence Minister
New Delhi: Osama files got reopened in the Indian news circuit once again as a media channel revealed details about how a Pakistani authentic voice decided to come out in the open and for once, person from Pakistan went ahead to accept how Pakistan knew about Osama’s presence in their country.
Pakistan ex-defence minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar today claimed that the Pakistani establishment was in know of Osama Bin Laden’s presence in the country. In an interview to news channel CNN-IBN, Mr Mukhtar said the then President Asif Ali Zardari, ex-Prime Minister Gilani, the ISI and the army chiefs knew about the presence of ‘most wanted man in the world’ on their soil.
A matter which was confirmed at the speculative levels got authenticated today by Mukhtar’s claims that top Pakistani leadership knew about the presence of Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist, in their country long before US killed him in a midnight raid in May 2011. This is the first time a senior Pakistani leader has publicly admitted what was always suspected — that the Pakistani establishment was aware that Bin Laden was living in Abbottabad, close to capital city Islamabad.
When asked by the interviewer about whether Pakistan’s then president and prime minister knew about Osama being at Abbottabad, Mukhtar replied – The people who were part and parcel of the whole action, like the president of Pakistan, the armed forces chief, the joint chief of staff and the agency people – they were all activated and they were all waiting for orders for them to come out with their teams and provide all the information which they should have done earlier. Some people knew, people in the Pakistan army as well as people in the other forces – they also knew it and they were on the lookout for somebody of the stature of Osama bin Laden.