Questions on How Bin Laden Eluded Pakistani Arrest in Plain-sight

By on May 5, 2011 in Current Events, World Comments

The compound where it is believed
al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden
lived in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Image Credit: Dawn

According to recent reports, the United States is demanding Pakistani authorities for pertinent responses and reactions on how Osama Bin Laden could have stayed close to a major military base near Pakistan‘s capital without their government knowing.

Reports further confirm that Bin Laden‘s hideaway, built in 2005, was about eight times larger than other homes nearby.  Also, reporters describe that it looked like an influencial person’s property with its 12- to 18-foot walls topped with barbed wire, internal walls for extra privacy and perhaps security emminent with its controlled security gates.

Based on related reports, this discovery has fuelled calls by American lawmakers to re-examine the U.S.-Pakistani relationship and a review of the billions of dollars in aid Washington gives to nuclear-armed Pakistan.

“I think we need to talk about that.  Our government is in fiscal distress.  To make contributions to a country that isn’t going to be fully supportive is a problem for many,” said Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein.

Consequently as reported, Pakistan is experiencing dilemas on how to clearly answer questions from the United States on Monday over how al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was able to live there in plain view before being killed by a secret U.S. assault team.

Pakistan’s president on Tuesday through reports cautiously denied suggestions that his government may have protected Osama Bin Laden but admitted that his security forces were left out of a U.S. operation.

“Some in the U.S. press have suggested that Pakistan lacked vitality in its pursuit of terrorism, or worse yet that we were disingenuous and actually protected the terrorists we claimed to be pursuing,” Asif Alah Zardari expressed in an opinion piece in the Washington Post.  “Such baseless speculation may make exciting cable news, but it doesn’t reflect fact.”

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