Government, army played huge role in Bin Laden killing: Defence minister

Published: May 2, 2012

Materials recovered from Laden's residence are with the army, says defense minister. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar has said that the government of Pakistan and the armed forces played a huge part in the killing of Osama bin Laden, adding that a mobile chip was used to locate him.

He gave this statement on the first anniversary of Bin Laden’s killing during an interview to the British Broadcasting Channel (BBC) Urdu news service.

According to BBC correspondent Aijaz Meher, the defence minister said that Pakistan had an agreement with the US that whenever Pakistan retrieved any material in Arabic and English, it will be given to US and if the US found any material in Urdu, it would give it to Pakistan.

“I do not know how big a leader Osama bin Laden was,” said the defence minister. Time will tell how positive his contributions to the Muslim countries proved to be.”

He said that materials recovered from Osama bin Laden’s residence were with the army and investigations were underway.

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Reader Comments (46)

  • Saleem
    May 2, 2012 - 5:19PM

    Give us a break minister. You are trying to manfacture stories to please the generals.

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  • Tariq
    May 2, 2012 - 5:19PM

    Defence minister has not got a clue of what is he talking about? It is laughable when he says that government of Pakistan played a huge part. What is huge part? One can believe that Army would have some part played but GOP…Investigations are underway and these will never be completed…as usual…Please spare us…

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  • Much Amused
    May 2, 2012 - 5:31PM

    Dont these ministers understand that they are talking rubbish or are they convinced that the rest of the world are fools. Give us a break.Recommend

  • May 2, 2012 - 5:33PM

    1) If Army and government played part, who on earth permitted US special ops to cross borders ?
    2) If Army and government didn’t know the where abouts of OBL, what was OBL doing closer to city capital ?

    This guy who unluckily happen to be in charge of defence of 180 million people is wrong footed in both ways.

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  • FactCheck
    May 2, 2012 - 5:34PM

    One minute you say the Government and the Army didn’t know where OBL was (Musharaf has repeatedly said it all through his tenure) and the next you say Army and the Government palyed huge role.

    If you had whatever majic chip, why didn’t Pakistan arrest OBL, instead of the US taking him out?

    These types statments are the one’s makes Pakistan an mockery in the eyes of the rest of the world.

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  • vasan
    May 2, 2012 - 5:42PM

    This is another spin put up by Pakistan to whatever end it is dreaming of. Why all these sovereignty issues brought up, hiked up and flamed up if Pak govt and army and US are on the same page for OBL killing. Does Pakistan think that they will get some prize for OBL killing?

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  • Ashraf P
    May 2, 2012 - 5:47PM

    This is becoming more and more embarrassing for the ordinary Pakistani citizens. When will the lying stop?? It is time to come clean and let the world know that we have changed.

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  • Mo Sheikh
    May 2, 2012 - 5:50PM

    Have a break, Have a Kit Kat

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  • Babloo
    May 2, 2012 - 5:52PM

    “I do not know how big a leader Osama bin Laden was,” said the defence minister. Time will tell how positive his contributions to the Muslim countries proved to be.”

    Is this a circus ?

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  • Cautious
    May 2, 2012 - 6:02PM

    “I do not know how big a leader Osama
    bin Laden was,” said the defence
    minister. Time will tell how positive
    his contributions to the Muslim
    countries proved to be.”

    This statement says it all — no wonder the American’s don’t trust you. Attempts at trying to convince others that you helped capture OBL are pathetic. How’s that Abbottabad Commission coming – that report might make a suitable headstone for your relationship with America.

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  • Usmani
    May 2, 2012 - 6:03PM

    Yet another turn taken by GOP.It seems that Establishment first and the Govt wish to take some credit of OBL killing.First the ISI unknown Officer given out an interview to Washington post
    that ISI has given key code to USA which help great for the eventual killing of OBL and now the Defence minister with the same rhetoric.It seems that as Obama is trying to cash the killing of OBL in the next election. Similarly ,the our own minister.

    They think the fools living in this planet, whatever version of story you give ,public will believe it.

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  • Thoughtful
    May 2, 2012 - 6:08PM

    Dont know where to begin
    1. So osama is dead. Can we please have your media agree on that.
    2. 2. He died in the abbottabad raid. Not 10 years ago and no he is not shacking up with Elvis
    3. 3. A minister doesnt know how significant osama was or whether he did good. Is this the minister?
    4. Finally the assertion of helping killing…hmmmmmRecommend

  • May 2, 2012 - 6:59PM

    Without any support or help from within Pakistan US would never had attacked abottabad compound

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  • RRS
    May 2, 2012 - 7:10PM

    If GOP helped in apprehending and killing OBL, how come the Doctor that helped the US govt is in jail and may be charged for treason.

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  • May 2, 2012 - 7:13PM

    Nothing was proved against Osama, US did not showed any proofs of 9/11 attack, not they should the poofs of his death, maybe he was just an illusion

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  • Brajanarayan
    May 2, 2012 - 7:18PM

    We don’t expect truth from the Minister but he should not have given ridiculous statements!

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  • Singh
    May 2, 2012 - 7:20PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    You are right. US has only support of Dr. who is in Jail now on treason charges. Rest is story.

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  • May 2, 2012 - 7:20PM

    @Cautious:
    who are u to say that, who gave America right to act as a world police, Al Qaeda is just an illusion which is serving for US interests in the whole world. U people should stop fighting wars in the name of peace and in fact America disturbed the peace of the world.

    Was the world more safe and peaceful before US started fake wars against self created fake terrorism or now??

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  • May 2, 2012 - 7:25PM

    @Cautious:
    America stop wars stop assassinating people
    listen to what true patriot americans says about US policies

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  • May 2, 2012 - 7:28PM

    @Singh:
    can you show some proofs of his death in abottabad, we all know nothing except what the controlled media feeds us

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  • Mirza
    May 2, 2012 - 7:51PM

    First of all congratulations for telling the world the truth that OBL was found in Abbottabad and was killed. It took only a year to come clean with the people of the world that is mainly due to the fact that the govt cannot refute the claims of US President.
    Yes Pak army played a big role in OBL killing by staying out of American’s way. In his book Gen Mush claimed that they have gotting so much head money from the US for the identification of high value targets. How much money did they get this time for helping the US? None, that means there was no help! In fact the US kept the operation secret for its success.

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  • antony
    May 2, 2012 - 7:56PM

    @pakistan politics , You are delusional ! .You missed the wives and children were with you in pakistan under Pakistani ISI supervision for a whole year and you still want to hide behind conspiracies!.

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  • Obaid
    May 2, 2012 - 8:39PM

    I guess he might as well say that GOP lit up candles from the Afghan border to the Osama’s residence to assist the American choppers at night.

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  • Gilgiti-No voting right but Proud Pakistani
    May 2, 2012 - 8:45PM

    he is alive and living in yameen. topi dram……

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  • Iron hand
    May 2, 2012 - 9:00PM

    Time will tell how positive his contributions to the Muslim countries proved to be.” What “positive contributions” is he referring to? It’s one thing for the ignorant masses to cling to fantasies about the “positive contributions” of al quada, but the Pakistani defense minister? He owes an apology to the thousands of Bin Laden’s innocent victims and their friends and families!!Recommend

  • Cautious
    May 2, 2012 - 9:08PM

    @Pakistan politics. The only thing consistent in your postings is the anti American blather. You ignore mountains of evidence to sustain illogical an bigoted arguments which range from 911 being fiction, OBL being a good guy falsely accused, Al Qaeda being an illusion, OBL being alive etc. etc. Well 911 wasn’t fiction and murdering thousands of innocents isn’t something to brag about or something that anyone should admire. The World celebrated OBL death for good reason – if you choose to live in a fantasy world – so be it.

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  • Anonymous
    May 2, 2012 - 9:12PM

    Subhanallah…its useless to repent our spelt milk…..if it had been said or accepted earlier, may be it would have caused some reduction in the humiliation we suffered as a nation….Recommend

  • May 2, 2012 - 10:16PM

    @Cautious:
    keep living in self denial

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  • May 2, 2012 - 10:29PM
  • san
    May 2, 2012 - 10:56PM

    @Saleem:

    Yest great Pakistan should start claiming the bounty on his head also.
    Haha what a joke .last year Paksiatan had an agressive posturing that
    its sovereinity has been breached now they have started claiming that they r the
    main party in killing Osama maybe they should say that even Navy seals were
    also trained by them.
    Yesterday in Afganistan Obama had real harsh words for Pakistan for supporting terrorist networks guess he was joking .

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  • sacha pakistani
    May 2, 2012 - 11:10PM

    I think, to a large extent, GOP might be invovlved in whole of this enterprise.But at this stage defence mininster of pakistan is just spreading fish stories about the defence forces of Pakistan.I dont think so that Pak army was involved in this venture.Recommend

  • Nand
    May 3, 2012 - 12:33AM

    @Pakistan politics: After all the writing idoitic things that OBL was not in Pakistan and was not dead. All of a sudden there is a 360 degrees change. Yes truth will always prevail and a paid agents will never win.

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  • WoW
    May 3, 2012 - 12:38AM

    @Pakistan politics:
    ‘can you show some proofs of his death in abottabad, we all know nothing except what the controlled media feeds us’.
    Are you still in the proof mode or do I quote your earlier comments and my asking proofs.

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  • Nand
    May 3, 2012 - 12:44AM

    @Pakistan politics: ‘Nothing was proved against Osama, US did not showed any proofs of 9/11 attack, not they should the poofs of his death, maybe he was just an illusion’.

    This is the final illusion: UN has blamed AL-Qaeda was responsible to the 9/11 attacks. Yes but Pakistan is not part of UN.

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  • Super-Fool KaalCopterTanoli
    May 3, 2012 - 12:47AM

    @Pakistan politics:
    Hardly anyone in America cares what a Pakistani thinks of what they do anymore. You’re the most depraved criminals on the planet. Most take pleasure in being disliked by those types.

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  • Saleem
    May 3, 2012 - 1:27AM

    In a country with rule of law and real democracy ministers like him will either be in jail or in mental hospital.

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  • BS
    May 3, 2012 - 1:35AM

    “Time will tell how positive his contributions to the Muslim countries proved to be.”

    Are you joking? You mean to say that he had a positive contribution towards Muslim countries? What planet do you live on minister sahib? All he did was drag us through the mud and kill thousands of innocents to make his point of view heard.

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  • May 3, 2012 - 1:37AM

    Pak’s govt and army PR machine continue to mock themselves and degrade the country’s image even further. Mukhtar only admitted to one truth and that is OBL being dead. Everything else is laughable (or deplorable), especially the claim of ‘not knowing’ OBL’s impact as being boss of terrorist organization, Al Qaeda, which plunged the region into a state of war as he refused to give himself up and went into hiding, and expecting OBL’s ‘positive’ contribution on Muslims magically, such as bombing US buildings and embassies, which included Muslim civilians, and doing the same over Pak, Iraq (just ask the Sunni Awakening councils on Al Qaeda’s ‘positive’ contribution) and Afghanistan, killing more Muslims than the Neo-cons could ever conceive of. In other words, just retarded. Same cowardly Pakistani hypocrite thinking that it’s taboo to criticize an Arab ‘Sheikh’ in name as a loyal slave, due to religious superstition, afraid he’ll become un-Muslim or un-Pakistani if he condemns him. Those who share the same superficial religious/nationalist label worship and twisted apologist excuses, be it for extremist terrorists or the establishment, are pathetic.

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  • MyHeartSpeaks
    May 3, 2012 - 1:59AM

    As if we’ll believe you…

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  • Nand
    May 3, 2012 - 2:02AM

    The truth is out there. It is for each individual what it wants to tech its children.

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  • Sajida
    May 3, 2012 - 2:48AM

    It seems to me he is just referring to info provided to US. It wasn’t identified by Pakistan as being related to Bin laden per se. Maybe they found out info that identified his location was contained in that info?
    Govt. should have Arabic translators to know what is in info they are sharing that they locate.This where the Madressah graduates could be, unless all they know has only been memorized with no comprehension?

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  • Super-Fool KaalCopterTanoli
    May 3, 2012 - 3:28AM

    Not getting sidetracked by the “the sky is brown and we refuse to look up to see that it’s blue no matter how many times you say it” crowd.

    Pakistan spent the better part of the last year and this year distancing themselves from it and playing the victim. Someone tape that guy’s mouth shut. He really does make the government and in turn the country, look beyond stupid.

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  • Kamlesh Rana
    May 3, 2012 - 6:58AM

    Now that it has been proven beyond doubt that Pakistan masterminded the raid on Osama, can somebody release Dr.Shakeel Afridi and pin a medal on him?

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  • Kay Kay
    May 3, 2012 - 12:47PM

    Ahhh…that’s the kind of a joke which has made my weekend. Thank You, Mr. Defence Minister.

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  • Disappointed Pak Fan
    May 3, 2012 - 3:29PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    Then why to call US? You could have done it by yourself.

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  • Rationalist
    May 3, 2012 - 11:41PM

    @Disappointed Pak Fan:

    “Then why to call US? You could have done it by yourself.”

    Very good question!

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