US nails Pakistan's lies

Ever since the 9/11 attacks, Pakistani leaders have been vehemently denying the presence of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in their country.

However, US President Obama shamed them today when he announced that bin Laden, the world's most wanted man, had been killed at a compound in the Pakistan city of Abbottabad, close to a military academy.

Top Pakistani leaders, including President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Interior Minister Rahman Mallik and even ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf had repeatedly denied US intelligence that bin Laden was present in the country.

In an interview to BBC in September 2009, Zardari had said that he thought Osama was dead.

On Osama, Pakistan President, however, did not put forward any evidence or details in support of his claim that world's most wanted terrorist was no longer alive.

His remarks on Osama being dead run contrary to American belief that al-Qaida chief is alive and is hiding in Pakistan's restive tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

Gilani, who was pressed by then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in December 2009 to act againt bin Laden, had said that his country had not received any credible intelligence on the whereabouts of the (al-Qaeda) terror network's leaders.

"I doubt the information which you are giving is correct because I don't think Osama bin Laden is in Pakistan," he had said.

Apart from telling them that Afghan police were fighting alongside terrorists in Pakistan, Interior Minister Rehman Malik also told the Americans in September 2009 that Osama Bin Laden could be in Iran, Saudi Arabia or Yemen.

According to leaked US diplomatic cables, Malik told Americans that Osama Bin Laden could be in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Yemen or might be dead.

"Representative Gabrielle Giffords asked Malik whether he had information about the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden. Malik responded that he "had no clue," but added that he did not believe that Bin Laden is in the area.

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