Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pakistan ISI breaks Silence over Bin-Laden's Death

An official of Pakistan’s intelligence agency has said that the presence of Osama bin Laden in a compound in Abbottabad and ISI’s lack of knowledge on this is embarrassing.

ISI official said a 12-year daughter of Bin-Laden is under custody the of Pakistani government.'She saw US troops shoot her father to death,and there were 17 or 18 people present in compound at the time of US raid.'
He further said, “But that a US chopper crashed amid operation, so US marine commandos would have taken all people back to America.”

An ISI official told the BBC the compound in Abbottabad where Bin Laden was killed by US forces on Sunday had been raided several years ago, but the compound "was not on our radar" since then.
He went on to say "US helicopters entered Pakistani airspace making use of blind spots in the radar coverage due to hilly terrain."

However, the ministry defended the ISI, saying: "As far as the target compound is concerned, ISI had been sharing information with CIA and other friendly intelligence agencies since 2009."

He told the BBC's Owen Bennett-Jones in Islamabad that the compound in Abbottabad, just 100km (62 miles) from the capital, was raided when under construction in 2003.

It was believed an al-Qaeda operative, Abu Faraj al-Libi, was there.

But since then, "the compound was not on our radar, it is an embarrassment for the ISI", the official said. "We're good, but we're not God."
He added: "This one failure should not make us look totally incompetent. Look at our track record. For the last 10 years, we have captured Taliban and al-Qaeda in their hundreds - more than any other countries put together."

He also said, The Americans took away one person still alive, possibly a Bin Laden son.
The official said it was thought the Americans wanted to take away the surviving women and children but had to abandon the plan when one of the helicopters malfunctioned.
United States has not admitted on anyone it captured or had planned to capture, other than saying it had taken Bin Laden's body for DNA testing and burial. So far there is no comment from Washington.

ISI has been under lot of criticism for it's incompetency or complacency in harboring Osama.

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