M T Fahey

Bin Laden’s Death and Pakistan

In General on May 3, 2011 at 5:21 am

The killing of Osama Bin Laden by US military forces has prompted a number of official comments from leaders around the world, varying from condemnation (Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas) to enthusiastic support. A summary of official reactions can be found at Al Jazeera.

Perhaps one of the most pointed responses came from the Indian home minister, who said:
“We take note with grave concern that part of the statement in which President Obama said that the firefight in which Osama bin Laden was killed took place in Abbottabad ‘deep inside Pakistan’. This fact underlines our concern that terrorists belonging to different organisations find sanctuary in Pakistan.”

Not a surprising comment given India’s uneasy relationship with their neighbor, and pertinent to the United States, whose operations in Afghanistan are not at all independent from events in Pakistan. Although the US tends to emphasize successful cooperation with Pakistan in the War on Terror, the recently-released Wikileaks files contribute to the conspicuous pile of evidence that groups within Pakistan are actively subverting US efforts. The successful Bin Laden operation is attributable in part to the President’s decision to keep the Pakistani government in the dark.

Great article by famed foreign correspondent Robert Fisk on Bin Laden (whom he interviewed three times) and Pakistan.

From the Telegraph on Wikileaks and Pakistan’s aid to Bin Laden.

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