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Pakistan to probe intelligence fiasco to capture bin Laden

Other News Materials 5 May 2011 20:02
Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Thursday ordered an official investigation for failure of intelligence agencies to track down al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden
Pakistan to probe intelligence fiasco to capture bin Laden

Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Thursday ordered an official investigation for failure of intelligence agencies to track down al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, reported dpa.

The army and its controlled Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) came under massive local and international criticism for failing to detect the hideout of bin Laden located barely a kilometre from the top military training institution.

The probe was launched after the meeting of all corps commanders in the garrison city of Rawalpindi near Islamabad. ISI chief Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha was also in attendance.

Military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said that the meeting had only one agenda topic - the Abbottabad incident in which Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces.

"An investigation has been ordered into the circumstances that led to this situation," Abbas said.

The military commander also discussed the incident and its implications for military relations with the United States.

"While admitting own shortcomings in developing intelligence on the presence of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, it was highlighted that the achievements of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), against al Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates in Pakistan, have no parallel," he said.

The meeting was told that around 100 top-level al Qaeda leaders and operators were killed or arrested by ISI, with or without the support of the CIA.

Abbas said the CIA developed intelligence on bin Laden based on initial information provided by ISI but did not share further information on the case with ISI, which was contrary to the existing practice between the two services.

General Kayani told his commanders that any similar action violating the sovereignty of Pakistan will warrant a review on the level of military and intelligence cooperation with the US.

The meeting was informed about the decision to reduce the strength of US military personnel in Pakistan to the minimum essential and about national resolve to fight terrorism.

The early Monday covert operation by US Navy special forces to kill bin Laden has put strains on Islamabad's relations with the US, but Pakistan's options are restricted due to its economic dependence on Washington.

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