Intelligence failure was global, not just ours: PM

Published: May 5, 2011
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Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is seen through his car window as he leaves the Elysee Palace following a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris.  Gilani had to deal with a spate of Osama-related questions from the media.  PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is seen through his car window as he leaves the Elysee Palace following a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris. Gilani had to deal with a spate of Osama-related questions from the media. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is seen through his car window as he leaves the Elysee Palace following a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris.  Gilani had to deal with a spate of Osama-related questions from the media.  PHOTO: AFP 
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani reviews troops during a ceremony at the Invalides in Paris. PHOTO: REUTERS Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani reviews troops during a ceremony at the Invalides in Paris. PHOTO: REUTERS
PARIS: 

Amidst a growing global chorus of discontent regarding Osama bin Laden’s presence in a major garrison town of Pakistan, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani launched a counterattack on Wednesday, saying spy agencies around the world share the blame for the failure to capture the world’s most wanted man for close to a decade.

“Certainly, we had an intelligence failure, but this was a failure of the whole world, not just Pakistan,” Gilani told reporters in Paris, where he also met French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Meanwhile, the prime minister’s visit to France was cut short abruptly – he will now return to Islamabad on Thursday instead of Friday. No reason was provided for the sudden change in plans.

The premier’s visit to France comes on the heels of mounting global criticism of Pakistan’s role in the war against terrorism after US forces killed Bin Laden in a unilateral operation in Abbottabad.

The country had been sharing intelligence with the United States all this while, he said, adding “if somebody points out that there are … lapses from the Pakistan side, [it] means there are lapses from the whole world.”

“Everyone shares in our victories but step back and blame us when there are setbacks,” he said.

He said he had travelled to France since he wanted to inform the French of Pakistan’s position on the fight against terrorism.

Addressing the French media, Gilani reiterated that Pakistan was aware that Bin Laden moved around after 9/11 but did not know his exact location.

When asked if Pakistan would investigate the obvious intelligence failure, Gilani said investigations have ‘possibly been initiated already’.

He said Pakistan had paid a heavy price for its involvement in the US-led “war on terrorism”, with more than 30,000 Pakistanis killed since fighting in Afghanistan began.

“I told President Sarkozy Pakistan has no other interest but to see normalcy returning to Afghanistan, so that the transition is completed smoothly by 2014,” he told reporters after meeting Sarkozy at the majestic Elysee Palace presidential offices.

Sarkozy had agreed to help enhance the capacity of the Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies and support Pakistan in its quest for civil nuclear agreements, given the energy crisis in Pakistan, he added.

“We should have positive messages because no one, no single nation, alone can fight terrorism. Pakistan is a part of the solution and not a part of the problem,” he said.

Gilani said he had delivered the same message to British Prime Minister David Cameron and to French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, whom he met in Paris on Tuesday.

Juppe told a news conference on Tuesday it was hard to imagine how bin Laden could have gone unnoticed living in a large compound in a relatively small city in Pakistan.

Seeking support

Earlier, the premier’s delegation met the French President of the Senate Gerard Larcher who assured Gilani that “[the French leadership] are with you in fighting terrorism.”

Pakistan has the resolve to fight terrorism but lacks the capacity of law enforcement agencies, modern equipment and economic stability, said Gilani in a press briefing after the meeting.

“Al Qaeda has declared Pakistan its number one target. Therefore, we need cooperation and support from our friends to help build capacity to fight it,” he said, adding that blame game and negative messages through the media will only serve to hamper Pakistan’s efforts to fight terrorism.

Meanwhile, admitting that “Pakistan has greater responsibility as frontline state in fight against terrorism,” Larcher said that “Pakistan’s economy needs to be strengthened.”

He added that Bin Laden’s capture “was an achievement of the fight we fought together.”

Wooing businessmen

The premier tried to assuage the security concerns of French businessmen, saying that Pakistan was plagued by ‘exaggerated’ and ‘misleading’ perceptions.

“If you see Pakistan only through the prism of terrorism and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, you will never see the real Pakistan,” he said while addressing a gathering of Medef (movement of the French enterprises), the largest union of employers in France that has more than 700,000 member firms.

Pakistan has lucrative business opportunities for foreign investors, especially in the agriculture sector, he said.

He added that over 700 foreign companies present in Pakistan – including over 13 from France – would not have progressed in Pakistan if the country did not present a profitable business opportunity.

A memorandum of understanding was also signed between Pakistan and France, establishing a business council in the private sector. (WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM REUTERS)

Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2011.


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  • ameer
    May 4, 2011 - 1:32PM

    We have good business opportunity with no electricity and suffering infrastructure!!

    First we need to get rid of all terrorists including jud,let, religious party,whoever support terror!!Recommend

  • PriyaSuraj
    May 4, 2011 - 2:26PM

    Sir,

    If you don’t want the world to look at you through the prism of terrorism, do something to control it (and not just selectively). Show to the world that Pakistan is a responsible country. The Dawoods and Hafiz Saeeds only understand terror and they are working hard and relentlessly at creating this image of Pakistan. They have a vision for Pakistan (one which we don’t like) but then do you have one? Its not simple or easy but then you have to start somewhere.

    RegardsRecommend

  • Fareedi
    May 4, 2011 - 2:28PM

    Now of all times…. Get Real Mr. Prime Minister…. Good to see that you came out so well and fresh after the PMLQ oath taking…. By the way… did anyone tell you that a guy by the name of Osama Bin Laden was murdered in Abbottabad! He was only the worlds most wanted terrorist.

    People say “you are not bothered”… that maybe enough for the consumption of poor Pakistanis. But Do say something for the consumption of International community who may be concerned….

    Get Real Mr. PM. Please cut the crap and forgive this unfortunate country a break….!Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 4, 2011 - 2:45PM

    Which foreign investors in their right mind are going to consider investing in a country, that lacks basic safety, security, energy and infrastructure????
    Gillani should return home and sort out the mess in his back yard first, then start the World Tour for Foreign Investments!!!
    At present, the country’s image has taken serious knock, due to its deceit in War on Terror!!Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    May 4, 2011 - 3:03PM

    Leon Panetta:“The PAK army is either incompetent or in cahoots with OBL” Height of mistrust Americans & the Western World has about Pakistan. Any explanations by our authorities?????Recommend

  • Nobody
    May 4, 2011 - 3:16PM

    @Hedgefunder:
    Tragically true as those who are supposed to be representing the country are helping drag its name through the mud with their lies, deceit, corruption, greediness, and irresponsibility. Recommend

  • Nobody
    May 4, 2011 - 3:22PM

    Please try to safe what little face Pakistan has left and stop lying and making yourself look even more foolish. Bin Laden was not hiding ‘in the world’ for the last however long, he was in our own country and it was the higher ups responsibility and our intel’s to find him. Our FABULOUS representatives in the government and military are doing us a greater disservice by playing this game of trying to place blame elsewhere, or share the blame. Just accept that this was an embarrassing failure on our part and admit incompetence [or admit collusion, which IMO is a lot scarier]. Dark days ahead…Recommend

  • Ron(Indian)
    May 4, 2011 - 3:32PM

    Gilani: “There is intelligence failure of the whole world, not Pakistan alone.”
    Sir, please explain me the meaning of above sentence. I am not at all able to understand. Thanks.Recommend

  • May 4, 2011 - 3:40PM

    If American couldn’t locate OBL despite heavy presence and all sorts of intelligence in a decade, it is equally difficult for Pakistan too. Americans should realize this and should stop blaming Pak. Instead they should help Pak improve its intelligence and capacity to fight terrorism.Recommend

  • joy
    May 4, 2011 - 3:49PM

    Now, now now……….The Pakistan PM has gone on a foreign jaunt at this time…..can’t really blame him…he also needs to escape the reality….

    If i remember correctly, the Pakistan President also went on an overseas visit when the country was suffering from the affects of worst-ever floods…

    guess its a tradition in that country….

    God bless the ordinary Pakistani Recommend

  • Tilsim
    May 4, 2011 - 3:57PM

    Bin Laden was a curse to the vast majority of Muslims. He permanently introduced an association between the religion and mass terror in the world’s minds. It’s like indelible ink. It’s not going away.

    Personally, the most galling aspect of this is that instead of a muslim majority nation killing him, it is infact the ‘fortress of Islam’ that stands accused of protecting him.

    Pakistan killed or handed over hundreds of terrorists. Yet, here something different happened.

    It is not the Americans only to be seeking explanations. The whole of the Muslim world should be demanding explanations vehemently.

    The Pakistan government should be shouting from the roof tops that it will conduct a judicial enquiry and everything will be conducted in the open. Instead the PM is saying, look it’s not the way you think and infact you share the blame too!!!

    I don’t see any enquiry until the specifics come out of those hard drives in the US’ possession.

    I can’t describe how I feel. I wish the earth would swallow me up.Recommend

  • Asif Khan
    May 4, 2011 - 4:05PM

    It is shame, already we as a nation in shock and discussing at our own capacity how we would come out from this shock.

    I think before going and offer forigen investor we should protect and provide more opportunity to our local investors and people. They will take this as a joke.Recommend

  • Cautious
    May 4, 2011 - 4:15PM

    You would be better off remaining silent than telling outrageous lies – just a thought.Recommend

  • Holy One
    May 4, 2011 - 4:41PM

    Gilani: “There is intelligence failure of the whole world, not Pakistan alone.”

    But why did Gilani spare the Martians & Aliens for the intelligence failure of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Patrick
    May 4, 2011 - 4:51PM

    @Clinical Hammer:
    You Seem to have missed the point completely!. The man was found in a biggest house in a town crawling with Military and yet you expect the world to believe that nobody in Pakistan government, ISI or military bothered to find out who was living there ?. How is this the world’s failure ?

    The saying ‘you can fool some of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time’ stands proven today.Recommend

  • May 4, 2011 - 4:57PM

    But I thought we had the worlds greatest most efficient intelligence agency?Recommend

  • Neeraj, India
    May 4, 2011 - 5:11PM

    At this rate of progress Pakistan is likely to overtake Hollywood and Bollywood as the main entertaining industry of the world. Tell me which other country’s politicians, military men, spy agencies etc. can provide such a wonderful drama, comedy, action and other antics? Wow, Mr.Gilani OBL was hiding virtually inside your military academy which is hardly an hour’s drive from the place where you live and you have galls to blame the world’s spy agencies for failing to trace him!
    But, wait, it was the world’s (the USA’s) spy agency that ultimately tracked and killed him!Recommend

  • abaabeel
    May 4, 2011 - 5:38PM

    @PriyaSuraj:
    Rightly said and that every country has its share of Bal Thakrays. Some are out and operational and some may be in waiting. They need to be crushedRecommend

  • May 4, 2011 - 5:41PM

    @Patrick
    If you believe that american marines penetrated that deep into Pakistan without anyone’s knowledge and whatever that has been told earlier, that is very strange. Equally wonderful is the timing of this execution as it is start of withdrawal of forces as well as presidential election in USA. I believe all this is being done to mark THE END to this overambitious manhunt and make people believe that we have accomplished what we wanted. We are discussing what has been made public apparently. Otherwise nothing is worth believing except that OBL is no more in this world now.Recommend

  • heey
    May 4, 2011 - 5:42PM

    Reading these comments it seems like i am reading indian newspaper. Tribune provides a good platform to Indians to take out their hate against us. Good job tribune. Your website should be tribune.com.in. Shame on you.Recommend

  • amjad
    May 4, 2011 - 5:50PM

    Pakistani PM is no different than a lot of Pakistani’s. The culture does not allow to accept weaknesses and mistakes. Blaming the whole world, while he was in your back yard. It is time for retrospection and it starts from the top. This could prove to be a turning point in this country”s history. Right now the leadershhip is behaving like a sore looser.Recommend

  • A. K. Zack
    May 4, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Whole world including USA accusing Pakistan for intelligence failure. Then what happen to WMD in IRAQ. US and Allies make fool of rest of the world. CIA and Pentagon and even UN Watch Dog fool rest of the world.

    Idiots you all.Recommend

  • Hari
    May 4, 2011 - 6:08PM

    @abaabeel:
    How did Bal Thackrey come into the picture?!! They may be right wing but they are also a mainstream political party. Moreover, they are not conducting anything outside India. So, why should that be anybody else’s business.Recommend

  • Ron(Indian)
    May 4, 2011 - 6:15PM

    @PriyaSuraj:
    It is surprising that being Indian how can you forget about kandhahar hijack and masood Azhar. Shame on you. Recommend

  • srinath
    May 4, 2011 - 6:45PM

    @Clinical Hammer:
    Please don’t undermine ISI’s image. Afghanistan, Iran, India, etc. acknowledge this agency as the most active. capable and resourceful agency which can teach a lesson or two to even CIA. Unfortunately, many in Pakistan too dread ISI. Air Marshal Asghar Khan filed a petition against this agency. Recommend

  • Noor Nabi
    May 4, 2011 - 7:08PM

    It would be appropriate if the Defence Minister as well as the top brass of the Pakistan Armed Forces – including the two super-stars whose employment has been extended – were to submit their resignations. Pakistan, having earned the blame and shame of the world in light of the Abbottabbad operation, needs to redefign its military doctrine. No more intereference in toppling civilian governaments and no more providing safe sanctuaries to terrorists. The so called “strategic depth issue” is defined by the distance of 2 km between the safe house of Osama and the prestigious military academy in Kakul. Now the time had come to cut defence expenditure drastically, sharpen the capabilities of the military to defend the borders of Pakistan, and spend the limited resources on the education, housing, health sectors to benefit the 180 million people. Pakistan’s reputation has been irretrievably tainted by its involvement with the Taliban. Recommend

  • FactCheck
    May 4, 2011 - 7:18PM

    @Clinical Hammer:

    Enjoy living in your flat earth.Recommend

  • Ali Turk
    May 4, 2011 - 7:27PM

    Mr Prime Minister: ever hear of the saying ” Nero fiddled when Rome burned”
    why did you have to go to France second day of this mega disaster. Why did you not stand up in the Parliament and explain the facts.

    For how long can Pakistan act Teflon coated?.

    The answers to Pakistan’s incompetence and acquiescence are in Swiss bank accounts, in their elite’s real estate in London and the US. Recommend

  • Cautious
    May 4, 2011 - 7:34PM

    Kinda like blaming the grandparents for the crimes of the grandchildren – they bear some responsibility because if they didn’t have kids the grandchildren would never have been born. Yeah – stupid analogy but not as stupid as the PM’s statement.Recommend

  • Kazmis
    May 4, 2011 - 7:35PM

    @PriyaSuraj:
    Priya your kind comments and wish for a nice world is very much appreciated, but you just consider world is not so soft. Big powers are killing, crushing and destroying humanity heartlessly. See Libya, there is nothing left for Qaddafi except to be killed by NATO & Co. See Russian how they are killing Caucasians, Afghanistan, who captured it, all Afghanis are speechless. See Pakistanis how they are being killed in our towns. Not by Hafiz Saeed etc. Pakistan is surviving by these type of people on this Globe otherwise Pakistan can not exist in presence of USA and India. Do they like Pakistan?Recommend

  • ANR
    May 4, 2011 - 7:39PM

    The OBL was Enemy of US not Pakistan then why should Pak look for him. Now do you got this.Recommend

  • Balwinder Singh
    May 4, 2011 - 7:41PM

    This is so typical – it is always the others fault. Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 4, 2011 - 8:03PM

    10 Hard drives and 5 Computers, and a den full of INFO!! WE will see as to who shares the Blame, PM Gillani.Recommend

  • PriyaSuraj
    May 4, 2011 - 8:09PM

    @ abaabeel : Firstly Bal Thackeray is irrelevant to the topic under discussion. I know many Pakistanis tend to equate Hafiz Saeed and the likes with Bal Thackeray (whom I personally dislike) but then to be fair Bal Thackeray is the representative of a right wing political party. There are many politicians in India who thrive on vote bank politics and most also indulge in violence from time to time and Bal Thackeray is one of them. But by Bal Thackeray if you meant people who incite others to do violence, then I understand what you mean and agree with you.

    @ Ron (Indian) : I am not sure I understand your feelings, did you want me to write the name of each and every terrorist who is wanted by India in a comment? I would rather people get the gist of what I am trying to convey.Recommend

  • Hafiz M Sohail
    May 4, 2011 - 8:16PM

    very well said, Gilani,,, we want always such a answer to the west,, be brave the whole national will stand with you…Allah bless Pakistan with enemies…Recommend

  • Jahanzaib Haque
    May 4, 2011 - 8:25PM

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  • LOL
    May 4, 2011 - 8:32PM

    @hey – Silly comment. Indians also hate their own inept and stupid politicians. We don’t sit around saying “Gosh, there are so many Pakistanis on here making fun of our stupidity.”

    Get real. Fix Pakistan.Recommend

  • Hafiz M Sohail
    May 4, 2011 - 8:34PM

    Allah bless Pakistan and protect from enemiesRecommend

  • Khurdra
    May 4, 2011 - 8:35PM

    @Hedgefunder:
    hard drives and PCs can be filled with any data even “after” confiscation……………
    what if select data implicating Pakistan in this episode is “copied” and then shown to world by……you know …. Recommend

  • Raj
    May 4, 2011 - 8:41PM

    Nobody is safe in Pakistan. Not even Osama. Other examples are Benazir Bhutto, Shahzad Bhatti, Salman Taseer etc. Really nobody is safe in Pakistan.Recommend

  • maynotmatter
    May 4, 2011 - 8:47PM

    @Prime Minister: So world should take blame if Pakistan shelters terrorists ?Recommend

  • maynotmatter
    May 4, 2011 - 8:53PM

    @Kazmis: I hope you were being sarcastic.Recommend

  • PriyaSuraj
    May 4, 2011 - 9:25PM

    @ Kazmis – I agree that Americans are killing people in Libya. Libya has a right to fight back too. But we need to understand that America is a powerful country. If we want to fight them we need to develop ourselves and become powerful before engaging America. Look at China, they are your friends. China invested in itself and now it can take on America. Look at India and Pakistan. Indians including myself boast on these forums because of India’s progress which has given us that confidence. The world is no longer fighting for land, they are fighting for markets. And I am sorry if you feel that Pakistan is on the map because Hafiz Saeed exists. Why spend billions on your Army then if people like Hafiz are the ones who make you feel safe. And let me say this, if you don’t tackle Hafiz Saeed today, he will tackle you tomorrow. Pakistan was created because muslims of India wanted to feel safe, am I wrong? But are muslims safe in Pakistan today? Yesterday you were fighting along hindu – muslim lines, today shia- sunni and tomorrow it will be with Hafiz Saeed or against Hafiz Saeed. Recommend

  • Sri
    May 4, 2011 - 9:26PM

    Any leader of a nation which is caught pants down would have been like a rabbit caught in the headlights. But, not Mr Gilani. He goes to Paris and tells the world : the fault is yours, too, stupid! Bravo!Recommend

  • Don
    May 4, 2011 - 9:33PM

    I just 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….Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    May 4, 2011 - 9:47PM

    @Jahanzaib Haque:
    Oh I see. However, it does not make sense that mine never came up as it was not intended to be an ‘ad hominem attack’.Recommend

  • Cherish Raj
    May 4, 2011 - 9:54PM

    @srinath:
    The so called intelligence agencies in developing countries are just a bunch of paper tigers. The only thing ISI knows is how to create mayhem in neighboring countries (they are world beaters in this department), which is not the work of intelligence agencies by the way. RAW is pathetic. They cannot even capture a Kishenji who is roaming around India giving interviews. If Pakistanis were not hell bent on blaming all their problems on India, nobody in this world might have known about such an organization. They have been enjoying this free publicity for years now. The Mossad has shown the world what an intelligence agency should be. They know how to do their job. Now CIA has exhibited their capability after a long time. There are others like FIS ( former KGB), MI6 etc who are also good. Most of these so called intelligence agencies are bureaucratic and arm chair babus. Recommend

  • Omair Shakil
    May 4, 2011 - 10:01PM

    Mr Gillani has spoken wisely.

    Pakistan has been fighting this war as its own for many years and the credit goes to our forces and intelligence agencies for disintegrating much of AL-Qaeda and related terror organizations.

    More over, our agencies have rounded up numerous key Al-Qaeda operatives in the past, the arrest of whome has undermined Al-Qaeda much more than the death of Osama Bin Ladin will.

    What our forces are doing is a thankless job; Pakistan’s efforts have never really been appreciated in the past so this recent onslaught of derision is hardly a surprise.Recommend

  • worrying paki
    May 4, 2011 - 10:01PM

    Democracy is the best revenge. The leaders are now taking revenge from the nation. They have let the country down many times in the past too but have no regrets whatsoever.
    What we sow shall we reap. Most of us voted for them in the election 2008 and the lesson before us is- we must not reelect them next time. We now have to look for a lesser evil. Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    May 4, 2011 - 10:27PM

    [email protected] Haque: Recommend

  • Anoop
    May 4, 2011 - 10:43PM

    How can that be? ISI was rated the BEST Intelligence agency in the World beating the likes of Mossad and CIA!

    No, Mr.Gilani, the World has been blamed far too much. It is Pakistan’s fault and Pakistan’s fault only. The World has given you too much time, spent too much money on your nation, forgiven too many of your mistakes. You cannot call it its fault.

    Pakistan is the reason why OBL eluded capture. Hope my point is understood.Recommend

  • Khalid Javed
    May 4, 2011 - 11:16PM

    Even if Osama’s death saga was a real one & not the deneument of a drama scripted, rehearsed somewhere else & shoot in Abbottabad to pressurize Pakistan & its agencies who started showing eyes to CIA, even then it is condonable as an error (though of massive magnitude) like CIA’s error in 9/11 event or RAW’s error in Mumbai attacks. Pakistani Intelligence Agency (ISI) was the one that captured the top terrorists like Khalid Shaikh, Ramzi & others. One lapse should not blind the whole world of Pakistan’s immense sacrifices & contributions in this war on terror. Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 4, 2011 - 11:44PM

    @Anoop:
    This is simply Mother of all Faults!!!!
    On their behalf!Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 4, 2011 - 11:53PM

    @Omair Shakil:
    Answer me one thing ! Who brought this Mess in your own House, in first Place??
    Thank you! There is my Answer!!!!Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 5, 2011 - 12:04AM

    @Omair Shakil:
    Your PM’s comments today are being Laugh at in the rest of the World!!!!Recommend

  • Khalid Javed
    May 5, 2011 - 12:05AM

    Terrorism has affected Pakistan more than any other country of the world. It has caused Pakistan more than 35,000 human casualties including around 4,000 military men, against 3,000 lives which were lost in 9/11, its economy ravaged erormously with an estimated potential loss of more than US$ 50B considering the lost exports, damage & destruction to infrastructure, diversion of budgetary resources, capital & human flight, exchange rate depreciation etc. Hardly anyone doubts in Pakistan that it was the terrorist networks like Al Qaida behind this gruesome wave of terrorism, who were instrumental in blowing its innocent citizens in the suicidal attacks. How it is possible, that military or ISI will protect the chief of Al Qaida that killed so many innocent citizens, military men & even its (reportedly) its ex-Prime Minister (Benazir Bhutto)?Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 5, 2011 - 12:11AM

    @Khurdra:
    Why are so concerned about being implicated ??? After all he was residing in Army back garden and not for short while too!!
    Are you already devising some answers for the future questions???Recommend

  • Praful Shah
    May 5, 2011 - 12:25AM

    @ameer:

    Excellent !!!!Recommend

  • Anish
    May 5, 2011 - 12:31AM

    @Khalid Javed:

    Itsa only you who are saying mumbai attacks are by RAW … but the wohone world including your elected govenrnment acknowledged its palnned in pakistan,.. so OBL’s death does not ring bells yet and chapter continues.. Look at the world’s newspaper and see what they are writing about pakistan..
    You can fool some people all the time, all people some time but never ever all the people all the time.. world is sick of this pakistan and its evident in the comments section of the world news paper.. Good luck… Recommend

  • maynotmatter
    May 5, 2011 - 4:20AM

    @Khalid Javed: If Pakistan is suffering terrorism it is from its own home grown terrorists and world is facing terrorism whose perpetrators and executioners all trace back to Pakistan. So there is a difference. You cant just hope to get away with everything by begging sympathy on the grounds that Pakistan is suffering terrorism. You had choice all along to control and not let these terrorists thrive in Pakistan. You still have choice to eliminate LeT JuD and likes. But you will instead defend it until at some point of time it becomes an unavoidable embarrassment for Pakistan. Recommend

  • sikandar
    May 5, 2011 - 7:29AM

    @Omair Shakil:
    What do you mean by pakistans effiorts have never been appreciated. Why should somebody appreciate your problem.

    In the first place you create problem for others and when that problems boomarangs and you try to solve it halfheartedly you say that it is thankless job.

    Why teach your dog to bite tom dick and harry. It goes to say like in the Book Congo, the trainers themselves get killed in the end.

    Come on now clean up your house and not pass the buck.Recommend

  • Fighter
    May 5, 2011 - 7:35AM

    @abaabeel:
    Dude you are one “self obsessed” “living-in-denial” “blame-others” kinda Pakistani. Only n only you can cure yourself. No amount of reasonableness can convince you the kind of quagmire Pakistan is leading itself into. Recommend

  • Al
    May 5, 2011 - 7:53AM

    My head is bowed in shame…this is our PM…our Army chief is reminding USA of his role and services…like a good servant.

    These people suck our blood and cannot defend us. No one is safe in Pakistan…all those F-16s, JF-17s and the nuclear missiles are just for show, to suck more blood.Recommend

  • khan
    May 5, 2011 - 8:06AM

    thats the dumbest excuse!Recommend

  • Intelektual
    May 5, 2011 - 8:20AM

    @ PriyaSuraj

    The Favouratisim that you so frequently point out in your comments; did it ever occour to you that it is our limitation of resources also lthe lack of intelligence and technology sharing by our allies !!
    The terrorist networks manage to operate beyond boundries while we are limited by them !
    while every terrorist unite over there extremist agenda, we the so called and over publicised allies share selective information, which is incomplete, unreliable or probably too late to take any action on.
    The selectivisim was an issue over a decade ago so please update ur info and mindset.

    The only priority due to our very limited resources and our very real ground realities is just to tackle the closest and immediate danger first. The planning and execution are always beyound boundries India (itself), Dubai, Afghanistan and so many unthinkable Countries are the locations for these plans but we Pakistanis are the onl one’s blamed for it !!

    what you and every one needs to realise is that our failures are mostly due to lack of support from our allies.Recommend

  • AD
    May 5, 2011 - 9:23AM

    Global failure?What does he mean? Abbottabad is not in Geneva.Osama was living mere 100 KM from his home that too in big house protected by Army surroundings. No doubt he didn’t got red carpet during troop ceremony in Paris(Pic)Recommend

  • Kazmis
    May 5, 2011 - 9:29AM

    @PriyaSuraj:
    China is some what developed but every one knows that they can not confront USA, China has a big population and any intervention from USA can destroy their full infrastructure, same to India It is also bound to follow US instructions. India is compelled by US to follow BACKDOOR talks to settle Kashmir. Pakistanis want Kashmiris their right and dislike Backdoor talks, it is why every time these backdoor talks are shattered by some people from Pakistan who are not under the influence of US. Is it not bravery. India can kill thousands of people in Kashmir and from Pakistan just 160 people in retaliation. Pakistanis are fighting alone and facing many big powers. Why not big powers are settling these issues. Even UN is helpless. Today’s fight is for Land also, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Palestine are lands occupied by Powers.Recommend

  • Moazzam Salim
    May 5, 2011 - 10:02AM

    The PM’s latest attempt at being a wise Statesman has backfired again. If he is to be believed that the world has to share the blame for locating a wanted criminal living a life of security and comfort in the cantonment area of a major city of Pakistan then it can mean only one thing. We had and have given full permission to every nation of the world to operate and conduct clandestine operations within Pakistan and they are free to locate and take away any citizen of Pakistan at their will. May be our PM needs to revisit school and understand the meaning of sovereignty or better still he might consider consulting with a sane person before issuing such horrific statement. Recommend

  • Akbar Ali
    May 5, 2011 - 10:10AM

    It was not a failure. It appears a strategic decision to delay it for opportune time for Republicans and Obama to suit the future global economic and political objectives of neocons of America, Europe and Israel.MR Zardari was brought in Pakistan consequent to NRO,murder of Benzair to execute their agenda in all obedience.Even if Zardari knew what would he or Galani done.Every day drones invade Pakistan soverign land to their complacence and lies to nation.But it is strange that Alqaeeda sends small children to blow themselves in suicide bombings of Pakistani brethren so frequently but Osama did not have the guts to blow himself,his children,wives,men in compound and blow the entire compound itself.The man did the grievous harm to Pakistan when he was alive,when he is dead as much as Pakistan slave ruler have done to protect prolong their il gotten trillion of dollars,most corrupt and incompetent government with the blessing of their master,USA.Recommend

  • Ammar
    May 5, 2011 - 10:21AM

    @Ron(Indian):

    You should understand now. America has very limited objective in this campaign. Half of her goal has been achieved after killing OBL, and they may think of withdrawal sooner rather than later. Once they leave what then? It will be us facing the fire. We must come togather before it is too late. I wish both PM Singh and PM Gilani understand this and act accordingly.Recommend

  • Manoj
    May 5, 2011 - 10:25AM

    @Kazmis:

    If big powers are opressing small countries and population of these coutries, then better try to become bigger power by investing in eductaion and employement. Japan, Korea, Eurpoe did it, china is in the path of becoming super power, India has also started taking baby steps in this direction. so, Pakistan can also do it.

    but certainly, no one can be allowed to hire or promote terrorist or to have an armed force which is hell bent to use the resource of the country for it’s own benifit and keep the country in perpetual mode of conflict. This is dis services to nation.Recommend

  • jagjit sidhoo
    May 5, 2011 - 10:26AM

    Nations and individuals sometimes get into self induced hallucinations about how superior they are and that they are the ones”chosen by god’’ and other such fanciful notions . They then need painful shocks to jolt them out of this slumber. The Japanese needed the blasts in Nagasaki an Hiroshima the Germans the defeat and humiliation after WW11 we in India got our jolts in the 1962 war with China and when we were forced it to airlift 47 tons of gold to London to pledge with the Bank of England as collateral for an emergency $400 million loan. Pakistan has had its jolts in 1971 , more recently the earthquake and the floods (the jolt is the comparison between what a rich Japan could do for its citizens after the earthquake and tsunami and what a poor Pakistan could do for its citizens after the earthquake and floods) and now this national shame . Are you ready to wake up and provide your country and its citizens their rightful place in the world .” Khudi ko kar buland itna ke har taqder se pehle Khuda bande se ye poche bata teri raza kia hai “ Iqbal Recommend

  • omg!!
    May 5, 2011 - 10:49AM

    @Khalid Javed
    feels sympathy and pity on you, brother. Recommend

  • Mango Man
    May 5, 2011 - 10:53AM

    Sadly, Pak has evolved into a Weak society and an even weaker govt. The Govt is going around like a headless chicken and talking utter nonsense when it should be focusing on internal security and development.
    Blaming the whole world and inventing conspiracies in every event of Pak has now become a habit that needs to be kicked out. The govt denies all its failings, at least the people should get real and look for facts. No one believes Pak govt any more – neither its citizens nor the international community.

    This approach will only lead the society to implode like it happened in 1971. Wake up before it is too late. Recommend

  • SJ
    May 5, 2011 - 11:20AM

    OK this is my conspiracy theory. Pak gov and Army knew about Ladin but of course did not inform USA. CIA found out through their own investigation. Waited for the right time, specially when its needed for US local politics, i.e re-election of Obama and boost in polls. They informed Pakistan at the last moment before attacking the compound so that they don’t get any retaliation from Pakistan Army.
    They can’t come in with Black Hawk helicopters and Pak Army doesn’t know about it. Come on, even when a poor farmer or fisherman cross the border by mistake from Indian side they get nabbed straight away.
    Pakistan has a lot of explaining to do to its own people and to USA. Well this is my theory as I said before and I’m sticking to it.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    May 5, 2011 - 12:06PM

    ” Blame it on the bossanova” a famous song of late 50’s or you can say it in Urdu” Bala hai tawailay ki bandar ke sar” That is what our PM is doing.Recommend

  • May 5, 2011 - 12:13PM

    ya, blame everyone else for a terrorist who was killed just a few kms away from the military garrison.

    heights of incompetence. at least lie convincingly Mr Gilani.Recommend

  • May 5, 2011 - 12:48PM

    @Holy One:That is original thought beyond himRecommend

  • PriyaSuraj
    May 5, 2011 - 1:19PM

    @ Intelektual :

    The Favouratisim that you so frequently point out in your comments; did it ever occour to you that it is our limitation of resources also lthe lack of intelligence and technology sharing by our allies !!

    Dude, Pakistan is your country. If US has better intelligence about your country than you, shame on you. Yes I agree US is more technologically advanced and they would not share everything with you. I don’t buy the lack of resources logic of yours, was is not your PM who had said that we will eat grass but ensure we have nuclear capabilities. The point I am drawing is where there is a will there is a way.

    The terrorist networks manage to operate beyond boundries while we are limited by them !

    This is true, but have you ever wondered of all the muslim countries, yours is the only one which seems to have no boundaries (except on the east). Everyone gets their most wanted (US gets Osama, Indonesia gets Patek, India wants many) in Pakistan.

    Sorry your failures are not because of the action of your allies. They are because of your actions.Recommend

  • Asim+Ali
    May 5, 2011 - 1:25PM

    What a distraction to our PMs shopping spree in Paris. Americans have ruined Gilani’s dash to the fashion avenues of ParisRecommend

  • Faraz
    May 5, 2011 - 8:25PM

    No its not the world’s its yours. Recommend

  • Dinesh Chetti
    May 5, 2011 - 9:46PM

    @heey:
    Hi i really was checking that for few times (.pk or .in). BTW I am an Indian.
    bye
    cheersRecommend

  • gregory
    May 5, 2011 - 10:13PM

    again blame othersRecommend

  • Jay
    May 6, 2011 - 12:00PM

    @Ron(Indian): Learn reading comprehension properly, maybe you’ll get it then!! :P It does not get any clearer than that… any one can understand that much! :DRecommend

  • Jay
    May 6, 2011 - 12:03PM

    @Clinical Hammer… right on!!! Recommend

  • Hamid Javaid
    May 6, 2011 - 12:29PM

    Failure Of All, then Mr. Prime Minister you should immediately resign in the best interest of this nation. You have accepted that you are not capable for this position as you are part of the failure team. This is a first step to the solution of cause.Recommend

  • rifaye (india )
    May 6, 2011 - 8:40PM

    this is funny ! its like saying i failed in exam, because the guy next to me, didnt prepare well..:))))Recommend

  • Jun 1, 2011 - 10:15AM

    You certainly have some agreeable opinions and views. Your blog provides a fresh look at the subject.Recommend

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