Abbottabad raid: Pakistan upset about being kept in the dark

Published: May 4, 2011

Islamabad hits out at US for ‘unauthorised unilateral’ action. PHOTO:AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

After a tense period of silence from officialdom and a lot of media debate the Pakistan government finally reacted on Tuesday to the daring US military operation in an upscale neighbourhood of the garrison city of Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden. The al Qaeda kingpin had been on the run since his escape from the Tora Bora cave complex in Afghanistan in 2001.

It took Pakistan’s foreign policy wizards over 36 hours to put together their side of the story. In a lengthy statement, the Foreign Office denied on Tuesday that Pakistan had any prior knowledge of the airborne assault. However, it did admit that Islamabad had been sharing intelligence with the Americans about the fortified compound where Bin Laden had been holed up since 2009.

According to the statement, the Pakistan Air Force had scrambled warplanes within minutes of the operation, but there was no engagement as the US special forces had already left Pakistan’s airspace.

At the same time, Pakistan has hit out at the US over the operation, saying “unauthorised unilateral” action could threaten international peace. “Pakistan expresses its deep concerns and reservations on the manner in which the government of the United States carried out this operation without prior information or authorisation from the government of Pakistan,” it said.

It said such “unauthorised unilateral action” cannot be taken as a rule and said it should not become “a future precedent” for any country. “Such actions undermine cooperation and may also sometimes constitute threat to international peace and security,” it added. The Foreign Office also rejected as “false and incorrect” media reports claiming that the US helicopters involved in the raid had taken off from the Ghazi airbase. “No base or facility inside Pakistan was used by US forces nor the Pakistan Army provided any operational or logistic assistance,” said the statement.

It said that the US military choppers entered Pakistan’s airspace by making use of blind spots in radar coverage caused by hilly terrain.

According to the statement, Abbottabad and the surrounding areas had been under surveillance since 2003 resulting in the highly technical operation by the ISI in 2004 which had led to the capture of a senior al Qaeda leader.

As far as the compound is concerned, the ISI had been sharing information with the CIA and other intelligence agencies since 2009, the statement said. “The intelligence flow indicating some foreigners in the surroundings of Abbottabad, continued till mid April 2011.”

“It’s important to highlight that taking advantage of superior technological assets, the CIA exploited this intelligence to identify and reach Bin Laden – a fact also acknowledged by the US president and secretary of state.”

About the whereabouts of Bin Laden’s family, the statement said all of them were in safe hands and being looked after in accordance with law. “As per policy, they will be handed over to the countries of their origins,” it added.

The statement also attempted to address one of the main questions: How Bin Laden could manage to live unnoticed located a few hundred yards from the elite military training academy?

“It needs to be appreciated that many houses occupied by the people affected by operations in Fata or Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, have high walls, in line with their culture of privacy and security,” the statement said.

The FO defended the ISI and the military for their achievements in the US-led war against terrorism’. “The Pakistan Army and intelligence agencies had played a pivotal role in breaking the back of al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in Pakistan and around the world,” it said.

However, Pakistan’s Ambassador in Washington promised a “full inquiry” into how Pakistani intelligence services failed to find Bin Laden in the fortified compound.

“Obviously Bin Laden did have a support system, the issue is that is the support system within the government and the state of Pakistan or within the society of Pakistan?” Hussain Haqqani told CNN in an interview.

“We all know that there are people in Pakistan who share the same belief system and other extremists … so that is a fact that there are people who probably protected him,” he said. “We will hold a full inquiry into finding out why our intelligence services were not able to track him earlier.”

“What I find incredulous is the notion that somehow, just because there is a private support network in Pakistan, the state, the government and the military of Pakistan shouldn’t be believed,” Haqqani said.

With additional input from Wires

Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (66)

  • Mirza
    May 4, 2011 - 7:43AM

    US helicopters were circilingn over the compound for hours before the actual attack. The neighbors were all hearing their sound. People living in the garrison could use phone or Internet to “wake” the army of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. There were no guards or on duty official for emergency either!

    Pakistani jets would not dare intercept US helicopters when they never did un-manned drones. The fact this compound was specifically designed for OBL in 2005 tells the whole story. No other home in such a safe garrison city can be found. It was highly unusual fortress in a safe area. Recommend

  • Ajay
    May 4, 2011 - 7:43AM

    US will go along with this logic if they sense total Pak army commitment to destroy all Islamic fundamentalists by the root of their feet and dump them in the sea. But is excuses continue on old patterns or new patterns are easily discerned, I hate to think what’s next !Recommend

  • May 4, 2011 - 8:36AM

    These were the ELITE Troops with the best training.. a 5 year old can snip the noses off these peoples faces and it will be an HOUR before they even realize that something has happened…and then they will make exuses.. top one being “THIS IS PAKISTAN, THIS IS THE WAY WE DO THINGS HERE”

    Now.. its time to learn a lesson.. if this is the way YOU ARE DOING THINGS.. it TIME to do a 180 Degree TURN… and STOP doing it the “THIS IS PAKISTAN, THIS IS THE WAY WE DO THINGS HERE”!!

    Because it does not work!!!! the whole world does it the OPPOSITE of what the PAKIS think is the RIGHT WAY!!Recommend

  • Ali Turk
    May 4, 2011 - 8:39AM

    There should be Judicial inquiry like Hamood ur Rehman report about failure to detect intrusion and this whole fiasco. Let the truth come out.Let us change paths towards progress and being responsible members of world civil society

    The Comander in Chief of armed forces should resign for the failure.

    “According to the statement, the Pakistan Air Force had scrambled warplanes within minutes of the operation, but there was no engagement as the US special forces had already left Pakistan’s airspace.”

    Yeh; tell me more,it took 40 minutes to scramble warplanes??.

    We have been spending so much every year on defense budget….evidently this needs a re-look.Recommend

  • John
    May 4, 2011 - 9:04AM

    US is also upset about being kept in the dark.

    “The PAK army is either incompetent or in cahoots with OBL” . These are the views of US senators and I am sure pak people are also saying the same. Mr. Hussain Haqqani is trying his level best in damage control but it is not going well.

    The PBS news program Frontline aired interviews conducted with Taliban in March who acknowledged the role of PAK army in supporting them. Perfect timing for the scheduled program but bad timing for PAK.

    The funding is also in jeopardy, in case some one is wondering.

    If I were the inventor of Air planes, and developed radar ( with Brits), discovered ways to hide radar signature and means to jam radar, would I be concerned about gaps on radar coverage.

    It is a successful operation from US point of view from guessing to execution, and PAK army is looking at the head lights like a deer and PAK people are understandably upset over this, on US and on PAK army for different reasons.

    Is anyone in PAK believes the FO statement. Give some credit to PAK people intelligence, they deserve that much. Recommend

  • Maddog Qadafhi
    May 4, 2011 - 9:24AM

    Frankly I doubt anyone seriously believes what Pakistan says anymore. Most of the statements are little more then shameless attempts at protecting ones pride even at the cost of constantly lying.Recommend

  • Asim+Ali
    May 4, 2011 - 9:38AM

    Upset? For the last 64 years, the poor souls of this country have been paying taxes through the nose to feed the security establishment. The unaccounted for spending blitz in the past 64 years remains unaccounted. Nuclear weapons, torpedoes, jets, howitzers, radars, AWACs, you name it and we have it. And guess what, the Americans come in 3 helicopters all the way from Afghanistan into Abbotabad, capture Bin Laden and the establishment finds out about the next morning in the news. Ofcourse the entire nation is upset. This is what happens when the bright, smart and talented immigrate and we are left with…..well the result is in front of us!Recommend

  • Jeff Hiller
    May 4, 2011 - 9:49AM

    The likelihood of Pakistan ever being trusted again in the world is as good as zero !
    The world should focus its energy now on dismantling the terror infrastructure and nukes in Pakistan before it leads to a major disaster. Recommend

  • satyram
    May 4, 2011 - 10:12AM

    What really is shown reality is totally different. Pakistan government is fully involved in assassination of Bin Laden. What really Pakistani rulers want to show the world and especially their own people for avoiding any uprising in Pakistan our media and leadership is doing the same. I’m sorry to say that you people are not only shameless but coward also. You people don’t have this much of guts to accept the truth openly. Your media is saying diffent, your military and ISI is saying different and your 10% is saying ” FInding OBL, Pakistan did its part “…. what is the meaning of this ?Recommend

  • May 4, 2011 - 10:16AM

    upset? thou shalt not question your master who feeds you the crumbs on which you survive.

    Pakis are putting up a good show, though it might not work.

    Waiting for the fireworks from both the US and Al Qaeda. No tears will be shed when the fireworks happen in Pakistan.Recommend

  • LOL
    May 4, 2011 - 10:30AM

    Mr. Haqqani – this is not considered “reasonable doubt” or “plausible deniability.” Had this been the first time Pakistan’s government/Army/ISI been caught being duplicitous, we might give Pakistan another chance. No more. Now the whole world realizes the Pakistani establishment is fooling everyone but most sadly its own people.Recommend

  • Tigon
    May 4, 2011 - 10:38AM

    We need to allocate MORE (sic) money to the Pakistan Army so that they can better protect our nation, DHA societies, and investments made by them on Pak citizen’s behalf!Recommend

  • Matt
    May 4, 2011 - 10:43AM

    But you would have picked them up after hot refuelling at the first landing zone and took off again and they flew higher over different terrain. Are they yours, commercial? Recommend

  • F Robinson
    May 4, 2011 - 10:45AM

    Pakistan is a duplicitous ally. On every major issue truth goes out of the window -remember the fake WikiLeaks.Recommend

  • KR
    May 4, 2011 - 10:50AM

    If Pakistani government just would have done their job they would have been standing tall and holding their heads high instead of being on defense. It is hard for me or anyone with a logical mind to believe that they had no knowledge about the whereabouts of the most wanted man on the planet earth. ISI is a total joke and absolute embarrassment for the entire country and our government is a total laughing matter on a grand international scale this time. Recommend

  • May 4, 2011 - 10:51AM

    We have sunk so low in the eyes of our people and the world that anyone is now free to violate our sovereignty.our military chief should give up his post to save the face.at least this will tell the world that our army chief was a man of integrity.What ever happened was due the mistakes of the subordinates.At least he will prove that there is some respect left.Recommend

  • Saeed
    May 4, 2011 - 10:52AM

    The drama and game plan is going very will as agreed between USA and pakistani’s authorities..they want world and extremeists inside and outside pakistan and sympathisers in all over muslim world that pakistan was not involved so that they can get away from revenge and hearterd that pakistanis kill OSAMA…each and every bit of puzzle is workign fine so that more and more emphasis can be given that pakistan was not involved in this drama…any one who belives in thsi theory that helicoptrs came and shot osama and left is a making fool of himslef..reality on ground is different..ask any pakistani and specificaly people living in abbotabad and then each and every one will say its not possible without pakistani support…pakistani security agenices dont want there name to be put as a murdrer of OSAMA who is a here to millions in all over muslim world..Recommend

  • Mubashir
    May 4, 2011 - 10:59AM

    We have to ask ourselves why… O why does Pakistan have trouble with its neighbors. Iran alleges we are helping Jundallah. Needless to mention Afghanistan… everyone knows the role of Pakistani agencies in Afghanistan. Till a few years ago China had misgivings about Pakistani involvement in Sinkiang. Make a guess if India doesn’t have any bad feelings about Pakistan and its agencies.

    Wake up… This is all happening around us.

    Our Politicians and Military have all betrayed the True Pakistan…. the people!

    People are dying of hunger and starvation….and what are we doing about it?

    Remember if you start afire in another house your house shall not be spared…

    Wake up……… before it is too late!

    Be true to your people and your country… one and all!Recommend

  • Abdul Wahab
    May 4, 2011 - 11:25AM

    Watch your words Jeff Hiller, Dun you dare look at our nukes with a bad eye. Taking them away you wont even find them. Osamas intelligence was shared by ISI. A high profile operative was arrested from the same city few months ago.

    Yes the americans came n did the operation, i cant find a reason y they were not engaged.

    Pakistan has killed or captured the highest number of taliban or al qaeeda operatives, which ur agencies collectively codnt do. How abt thanking those families, whose sons or husbands hav laid down their lives to keep the WORLD safe.
    Dun jump to conclusions, u might be siding with the extremists with your remarks. Recommend

  • Ali Turk
    May 4, 2011 - 11:46AM

    Who owned the house?
    Was he filing Income Tax returns as required under law (every person owning a house on 500 sq yds and above is required to file Income Tax Return every year)?.
    What was the source of Income
    Where was Pakistan Airforce
    Where were the forces in Abbottabad……..did they not hear the helicopter noise.

    And how did OBL get to Abbotabad with his wife son etc.

    These questions deserve an answerRecommend

  • vasan
    May 4, 2011 - 11:48AM

    “What I find incredulous is the notion that somehow, just because there is a private support network in Pakistan, the state, the government and the military of Pakistan shouldn’t be believed,” Haqqani said.

    Mr Haqqani : IF you havent heard it yet (though the world is shouting from the roof top for the last few years), there is an overlap between the private support network and Pakistan and its establishment. Your namesake in the N Waziristan can vouch for that.Recommend

  • Qasim
    May 4, 2011 - 11:50AM

    So what, who gives a damn?Recommend

  • SaudiRules
    May 4, 2011 - 12:08PM

    Joke of the decade!!
    “The Pakistan Army and intelligence agencies had played a pivotal role in breaking the back of al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in Pakistan and around the world,”

    Kiya-nahi made the same “broken the back” statement at kakul..a few meteres from where the OBL was staying.

    A US special force enters perhaps the most highly guarded area in pakistan from a neighboring country, kills and captures the “enemy” and disappears before the PAF has chance to scramble its jets!! All the while the worlds so-called #1 khuffia agency, the ISI claims that it had no idea that OBL was hiding right under their nose!!

    Whatever may be the truth, however few things are true
    1. The guardian of the land of pure are as incompetent as they come. cant protect the coutry against the internal terrorists (OBL) or the external invasion (as was the case with US operation), hell they cant even protect their own areas, let alone the awam!!
    2. The Army/ISI and perhaps PAF (i dont wont to beleive) have wasted too much resources to fatten themselves and have done nothing to protect the country.
    3. Time to cut the defence budget and spend it on the awam’s Education, health and social needs. Recommend

  • PAKI
    May 4, 2011 - 12:12PM

    the chief of army & the chief of isi should resignRecommend

  • ashok sai
    May 4, 2011 - 12:14PM

    Answer for this entire article is another article’s heading in ET, :-

    US feared Pakistan could have ‘alerted’ Bin Laden: CIA

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/161494/us-feared-pakistan-could-have-alerted-bin-laden-cia/Recommend

  • 72NowOrNever
    May 4, 2011 - 12:28PM

    I think its game over. Every channel in the world is broadcasting continously from Abbottabad and the Abhorrent game or incompetency of Pakistani (Army & ISI) is being watched all over the world. Not just Abbottabad, but also the JuD/LeT Rallies, Conspiratory spin of the Pakistani Media etc are under scruitiny by the world. The world has very little faith on Pakistan and unless decisive action is taken to get rid of militants. Recommend

  • khan
    May 4, 2011 - 12:34PM

    we as a nation have lost respect in the eyes of the world community. the incompetent authorities lied to their own people and the world. we, the people of Pakistan, do not deserve this.
    chief of army staff, ISI chief and other incompetent and deceptive personalities should resign. there should be an inquiry and the report be made public.
    I request the international media to not use the umbrella term ‘Pakistan’ or ‘Pakistani’ when casting their justified doubts. it just lumps the good with the bad. We, the people of Pakistan, are just as good as other societies are. don’t mix the good and the scoundrels please.Recommend

  • Najib Khan
    May 4, 2011 - 12:39PM

    @Jeff Hiller:
    try your luck Mr Jeff, do not think we are sitting with bangles on our hands, if we will be pushed towards the corner, rest assured the invaders too.

    we are not naive to leave our nukes open for you come in & get away with it like piece of cake like US did in this recent op, u would be naive or a kid to think that Pak Army did not play a role, without which this was just a distant dream for your SEALS.

    We are distancing ourselves coz of of possible backlash & harsh fall out on our populace in terms of more suicide & terrorist attacks.

    we were not deers in front of hunter car head lights , we just pretended to be one , even a kid can figure this out.

    Read the remarks of Mr. David Cameroon the British PM who has publicly admitted rather in his own parliament that Pak has made more sacrifices virtually then any other country in the world in this drama war on terror .

    shame on all of u blaming Pak for doing nothing. Recommend

  • Javed
    May 4, 2011 - 12:49PM

    First of all our Foreign office is unessary issuing statment because Servant(Islamabad) is not allowed to question or raise objection in front of Master (America).. All people of Pakistan know the reality of whole leader ship (Civilain or Miltary).. However it is big question and black spot on the ability of Pakistan ISI /Air force/Miltary how it happens in such a easy way that
    America is watching the Operation in Pakistan Live and our brave force is sleeping .. Tomorrow INDIA can also think on such way to pick up any person fm Pakistan so it is time
    that our forces should answer for this big mistake and safe our Borders fm all sides.. All of us know India is well present in AFGANISTAN.. Pakistan force should show result becasue nation is spending lot of Money on them so WAKE UP CALL instead of Killing innocent in Tribal Area ……………………..it is time to show result ……. save Pakistan and its borders.

    aik din shair ke zindgai behatar hai gedar ke so sa sala zindgin ya Izat ke mot behtar hai is Zilat se .. All world is laugghing on us and on our forces .. we lost in both way either the presence of USAAMA or killing him by AMERICA.. SO Please wak up all Pakistan Recommend

  • Najib Khan
    May 4, 2011 - 12:49PM

    @bush:
    this is your time & you are talking, but let me remind you time & space never remain the same for any one , forever, it has always been an ever changing phenomenon.

    if today is yours tomorrow belongs to Islam & Pakistan.

    what must go up must come down, & your arrogance will soon let u crash. Recommend

  • S Imam
    May 4, 2011 - 12:53PM

    Pakistani policy makers, rather intelligentsia, is living permanently in the state denial! Now no one trusts Pakistan!Recommend

  • Nak
    May 4, 2011 - 1:04PM

    Hahahahaha, how sharpe our forces and intelligence services,,,,,,,,,,Rs.600bln yearly expence and result,,,,,,,,like this,,,,,hmmmm I have a simple suggestion, give country security control to US and save Billions of rupees. those rupees expend on energy crysis.Recommend

  • Nurmomad
    May 4, 2011 - 1:33PM

    This is a ploy to attack the nuclear arsenal of Pakistan and the known beneficiaries of the game are (call me hate-monger and conspiracy theorist…) India, USA and Israel.Recommend

  • parvez
    May 4, 2011 - 1:42PM

    The logical outcome of this should be a drastic cut in defence spending and this money to go for people’s betterment. But alas this is wishful thinking.Recommend

  • Javed
    May 4, 2011 - 2:10PM

    First of all our Foreign office is unessary issuing statment because Servant(Islamabad) is not allowed to question or raise objection in front of Master (America).. All people of Pakistan know the reality of whole leader ship (Civilain or Miltary).. However it is big question and black spot on the ability of Pakistan ISI /Air force/Miltary how it happens in such a easy way that America is watching the Operation in Pakistan Live and our brave force is sleeping .. Tomorrow INDIA can also think on such way to pick up any person fm Pakistan so it is time that our forces should answer for this big mistake and safe our Borders fm all sides.. All of us know India is well present in AFGANISTAN.. Pakistan force should show result becasue nation is spending lot of Money on them so WAKE UP CALL instead of Killing innocent in Tribal Area ……………………..it is time to show result ……. save Pakistan and its borders.
    aik din shair ke zindgai behatar hai gedar ke so sa sala zindgin ya Izat ke mot behtar hai is Zilat se .. All world is laugghing on us and on our forces .. we lost in both way either the presence of USAAMA or killing him by AMERICA.. SO Please wak up all Pakistan Recommend

  • Digvijay Singh
    May 4, 2011 - 2:20PM

    OBL body should not have been thrown in sea like this. After all he is Muslim, his body could have been buried in land with small construction on it and of course last prayer by Obama with some flowers as well. .Recommend

  • Mubashir
    May 4, 2011 - 2:21PM

    Tell me why …O why does Pakistan have a problem with all its neighbors. Iran is unhappy with Pakistan because Pakistan supports Jundullah. We have been playing with fire in Afghanistan, which is common knowledge. Till recently China was apprehensive that Pakistan had been trying to create unrest in Sinkiang. Guess what India’s grievance may be with Pakistan?

    Are our Security agencies working for our country or against it… why do we interfere in everyones affairs.
    Was this country created for Military establishment, corrupt Bureaucrats or Dirty Politicians?
    Did 30,000 innocent people of Pakistan die for THIS??

    We have been playing with Fire… now our own house is on Fire.

    People have been dying of hunger and burning in scorching heat…..We have to be honest with ourselves and with our country and to God.

    Repent now… the door for Repentance is not closed yet!Recommend

  • Fareedi
    May 4, 2011 - 2:29PM

    Tell me why …O why does Pakistan have a problem with all its neighbors. Iran is unhappy with Pakistan because Pakistan supports Jundullah. We have been playing with fire in Afghanistan, which is common knowledge. Till recently China was apprehensive that Pakistan had been trying to create unrest in Sinkiang. Guess what India’s grievance may be with Pakistan?
    Are our Security agencies working for our country or against it… why do we interfere in everyones affairs.
    Was this country created for Military establishment, corrupt Bureaucrats or Dirty Politicians?
    Did 30,000 innocent people of Pakistan die for THIS??
    We have been playing with Fire… now our own house is on Fire.
    People have been dying of hunger and burning in scorching heat…..We have to be honest with ourselves and with our country and to God.
    Repent now… the door for Repentance is not closed yet!Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    May 4, 2011 - 2:57PM

    @John:
    I couldn’t agree more with youRecommend

  • Dajjal
    May 4, 2011 - 3:11PM

    Pakistan upset about being kept in the dark??? There is up to 20 hours of load shedding in some areas of Pakistan… I am pretty sure the people are used to being in the dark now.Recommend

  • Kazmis
    May 4, 2011 - 3:37PM

    It is a BIG failure of USA. Because USA knew since long (Ref: Hilary Clinton visit to Pakistan in 2010) that Pakistan is playing double game with USA, even then USA supported all corrupt rulers including Musharraf and Mr. Zardari and co. and spent million of dollars on Pakistanis. How can USA says that Pakistan played game with them in connection with Osama Bin laden. In fact USA waited long long time to get a very proper time for action. May be this action is fabricated to achieve some desired results. Pakistanis are not fool to come under this trap that they were harboring Osama in Abbotabad. What American Satellites, drones and intelligence agencies were doing. It is the failure of USA system. USA should explain the facts to all the world.

    The Pakistani forces could not encounter foreign forces and action lasted more than 40 minutes. The truth which is to be accepted is that Pakistan Forces can not come face to face to US mighty forces, either it is Abbottabad operation or in future against Nuclear installations or Nuclear Arsenals or capturing any big city of Pakistan. Recommend

  • KM Khan
    May 4, 2011 - 3:39PM

    @John

    The Black Hawk took OBL body and flown straight to Arabian Sea, it must have taken them at least 4 hours to reach there, and Pakistani security system didn’t detect them??? They have flown in from Jalalabad, some 200 nms had a 40 minutes engagement in Abbottabad, and then one of them flown well over 1000 miles to carrier, most probably without refueling?

    And for those Indians posting irrational and stupid comments about Pakistan…That shows your mentality..what kinda mentality?? Recommend

  • ashok sai
    May 4, 2011 - 4:33PM

    @KM Khan:

    First of all Black Hawk wasn’t used for the operation, it is assumed to be a secret CIA chopper.Recommend

  • Kunal
    May 4, 2011 - 4:54PM

    @KM Khan,do’nt worry about Indian mentality.Entire world is asking que about Pakistani mentality.So ans first.Recommend

  • vasan
    May 4, 2011 - 5:06PM

    Pakistan is upset about keeping them in the dark. OK. fine with usRecommend

  • Imran Butt
    May 4, 2011 - 6:14PM

    The only argument I can add here after reading all the comments before me is an indirect one.

    As advised in the news all over the world , the Pakistani Army’s training Academy Kakul is situated near this site. Think for a moment what will the new officers going to be cadets thinking at this time. We are going to be officers in an Army that could not protect the sovereignity of the country. The US Elite team came in and killed Osama. I am happy about his end but disgusted about the Pakistani Military’s capability.

    I felt ashamed once before when 90,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered and laid down their arms in East Pakistan. Makinga post second world war record of tehhighest prisoners of war.

    Please do something to make us proud, rid us of the Taliban. Stop protecting them. Stop interfering in Afghanistan and India so they do not reciprocate and we can live in peace as we did before.

    Secure the country’s borders and let the citizens of Pakistan sleep in peace. Make sure the cadets training in Kakul are tarining to be better officers to lead an army that can fight and not train to rule teh ccountry and get plots in DHA’s.Recommend

  • Vinayak
    May 4, 2011 - 7:09PM

    @KM Khan:

    The Black Hawk took OBL body and flown straight to Arabian Sea

    They first crossed the border to Afghanistan. The country of which Pakistan is the backyard. From where US launches operations againsts militants in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ali Turk
    May 4, 2011 - 7:17PM

    My fellow country -men the answers to Pakistan’s incompetence and acquiescence are in Swiss bank accounts, in their elite’s real estate in London and the US. Osama was a milking cow for all of them.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    May 4, 2011 - 7:40PM

    It is a shame….action right under our nose…& still we are making all sort of excuses….?? the problem is what next…?? lot of negative Paki bashing from around the word will continue & we will hv to face this for a long time…thanks to our galant Army / ISI & other intel agengies & the govt….if this very action was excetuted by our own force…things wud hv been different today….we wud hv been praised by all & sundry especially the Americans..& regained our trust, prestige & credibility restored…..it wud usher in a diffrent ball game…but alas ! we hv found overselves to lick our own spit….denying all the time & laid bare by the Americans….Recommend

  • Jahanzaib Haque
    May 4, 2011 - 8:21PM

    Dear Hedgefunder and others: Please read our comment moderation policy available here:
    http://tribune.com.pk/comments-policy/

    Please note: we delete comments which are –

    Posted with explicit intent to provoke other commenters, writers or staff

    Best regards (Web Editor)Recommend

  • Ba'al
    May 4, 2011 - 8:51PM

    Perhaps the Pakistani authorities were kept in the dark because the US actually wanted to SUCCEED in capturing or killing OBL. After all, if you had discovered that OBL was hiding next to a major military garrison — for five years — would you trust the authorities? I mean, really? Would you? Or would you just go in an take care of it and try to make amends later? Recommend

  • Don
    May 4, 2011 - 9:55PM

    @Khan and others in Pakistan who think like him
    I too wonder what could be in the minds of those educated, civilized, peace loving Pakistani middle class people at a time when their country is singularly isolated by the world. I look up to the middle class because I believe only they have the potential to be the game changers. The Pakistani elite has the the resources and contacts to find their way and the fundamentalists would not change their stand. A mass awakening of its middle class can only change the world’s perception of Pakistan. I dream of waking up to a stable, democratic, peaceful Pakistan one day….(I am not a Muslim)Recommend

  • Mastishhk
    May 5, 2011 - 12:37AM

    @ Najib Khan….Dear I really appreciate your incorrigible optimism….Dude you certainly are not sitting with bangles in ur hands…but ur army certainly proved you wrong..May be if u were in army or involved in the decision making progress things would have been different. And yes noone can blame you for being naive….OBL was within 100 metres from Military Academy, US copters came and killed him and flew out with his body but you are definitley not naive…How cute do u sound when u say that you are not a deer but you are just pretending to be one…now this is very clever on your part..Wish ISI and Army had you as ur advisor…..Future as per you belongs to Islam n Pakistan…Nice thought…Now only if u can put ur words to action….Response awaited…!!!Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 5, 2011 - 2:00AM

    @Ali Turk:
    All answers are there in GHQ, Pindi!! Ask them, as they have not been very vocal of late!!Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    May 5, 2011 - 7:23AM

    Zardari and his coterie have given a blow to the armed forces and ISI first by extending the
    tenure of the two Generals on behest of their mentors, Then played along till the raid was conducted and now they are throwing dust in public eyes. As for Uncle Sam not informing his nephew at the Presidency is not correct. Before this government’s term expires we will
    be either divided along ethnic lines or US will have permanent bases controlling our destiny.
    If Osama bin Laden was living in Abbotabad since 2005 then CIA should apprehend their protege General(R) Mushaaraf. But why should they he was kept for their vested interest.
    Now that they needed him no more and taken alive before the american public and court he
    would have been the greatest liability. Time in due course will reveal the Truth provided we
    pull our heads out of the sand box.Recommend

  • Anoop
    May 5, 2011 - 8:04AM

    Aid doesn’t come with no strings attached. That was not Aid that US gives every year, to the tune of $1.3 Billion every year, maybe more, that was money to buy Pakistan’s sovereignty, sold by your Military.

    And, Pakistani Intelligence agencies betrayed the Americans here too by giving shelter to Osama.

    There is a saying “You can fool some people all the time, all the people some time, not all the people all the time”.

    This applies to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Nobody
    May 5, 2011 - 9:18AM

    @Jeff Hiller:
    Dismantle the nukes in the US first, then tell other countries to dismantle theirs. What a foolish and infantile comment. Yes, let’s barge into yet another country to dismantle their nukes. Great! Pakistan’s nukes are not even what the US has to worry about right now. And FYI, Pakistani’s will bear the brunt of what’s to come (extremist response and the like) more than anyone else will, as they already have been for years now. This coming from an American, born and bred. Recommend

  • Nobody
    May 5, 2011 - 9:21AM

    @bush:
    Do you think people will be shedding tears for any (God forbid) fireworks in the US ? Highly unlikely. And taking pleasure over someone else’s pain doesnt make you a patriot, it just makes you a nasty person. Recommend

  • Nobody
    May 5, 2011 - 9:30AM

    @Kunal:
    Hmm as far as I know no one is asking about Pakistani’s “mentality,” rather they are asking what the ** was going on, which are to be expected :) Thought I’d educate you a little and let you know there’s a difference. Cheers. Recommend

  • Amer Khan
    May 5, 2011 - 1:47PM

    well this is all for the ‘public’ – both PK and US knew about him since last coupl eo fyears or so – both were waiting for the ‘end game’ for Afghanistan and the ‘right timings’ was awaited – both settled the Afghan issue more than couple of months back with an assurance that lets kill OBL and save the US from embarasment and kill this guy now and US gave a go ahead to PK for the influence it can have in Af. after their exit. So, one news is for the public and another one for the ‘insiders’. Now you will see, things will settle down in PK, and in Af. and US will have a successful exit. This is the crux of the whole story….. and btw, KSA is fully involved in all this… Recommend

  • whatsinaname
    May 5, 2011 - 5:58PM

    hats off to the restraint shown by the PAF n the manner in which they did that- first by letting the US aircrafts fly in and then by allowing them to safely fly out ….i heard the Pak SFF is also keeping one of their units close by – even that must be to aid such an action by friendly forces within their territoria limits….
    my Pak friends should not be outraged by this….u are requried to do ur duty for safe guarding the purity of the country and pay ur income tax on time so some of your cadets in the Pak Military Academy can buy houses.
    …well the above is not in good taste….but so are the statements by so many senior political and military commanders of pak…u donot have to blame others for what they have done…Pak can still do a turn around and dissociate with the numerous terrorist organisations which it is fundinng and training…pakistan always asks proofs of terrorist training camps….is that required one may ask??????Recommend

  • May 5, 2011 - 7:22PM

    @Imran Butt:
    Well saidRecommend

  • May 5, 2011 - 8:39PM

    @John:
    Pakistan is upset. I understand that. Here are the posiible reasons why………1) Their Military is so incompetent and unintelligent to where the most wanted men in the whole planet is within a Home Run’s distance of one of their Military bases and they had no clue or………2) They are upset because we (USA) took out a man (monster) that they (pakistan) are protecting because they (pakistan) support his terrorist plans of killing Americans…….or 3) The pakistan Military is both incompetent and has been fully supporting this man (monster). You make the choice. Who cares about the other details with their fighter jets and all that garbage. I will have to go with #3.Recommend

  • rofl
    May 6, 2011 - 12:52AM

    US is not going inform Pak when they attack Mulla omar too. Watch out!Recommend

  • Jim
    May 7, 2011 - 12:50AM

    Simple truth is Pakistan is upset because the US did not give ample notice so they could relocate OBL and make the US look foolish. Recommend

  • khan
    May 7, 2011 - 10:40PM

    US used stealth helicopters and hilly terrain helped them to stay out of radar eyes moreovr if you ask me there are NO radars in waziristan area as taliban dont hv any aircrafts & US are allies o our all radars are on East border. On west we have radars at peshawar & then in North but as we dont have proper control on FATA so we dont own such assets there, so it s easily possible to do all this stuff with high tech helicopters. Now wha to talk of these high techs who missed 9/11 and then Osama escaped right under their nose morethen 5 times, its all painted fake I will sayeven if Osama was real he was kept in there by USA to use him at proper time just like Saddam as Saddam was brought out right before elections by BUSH n he won. Same has been done by Obama as his graph was down to 43% in coming mid term election and now it is acroos 54% and is still rising …………………… why all these coincidencs??????????????????Recommend

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