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Musharraf denies knowing bin Laden was in Pakistan

Other News Materials 22 July 2011 06:06
Any attempt by the United States to go after al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Pakistani territory would be "irresponsible," former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf said Thursday.
Musharraf denies knowing bin Laden was in Pakistan

Any attempt by the United States to go after al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Pakistani territory would be "irresponsible," former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf said Thursday, DPA reported.

Musharraf told broadcaster CNN that an attack on al-Zawahiri in Pakistan would violate the country's sovereignty and only fuel anti-US sentiment.

Musharraf, who was president from 2001-08, denied having any knowledge that Osama bin Laden had been hiding in Pakistan for five years, before the al-Qaeda founder was killed in May by US commandos inside a compound in Abbottabad, a city that is home to Pakistan's top military academy.

"I had no idea that he was living in Abbottabad," Musharraf said.

Al-Zawahiri, hunted by the US for years, was named by al-Qaeda as bin Laden's successor.

Musharraf said he was weighing whether to re-enter politics when Pakistan holds elections in 2013.

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