Incompetence to blame over Bin Laden: Musharraf

Musharraf blames incompetence by Pakistan's intelligence agencies for allowing Bin Laden to live undetected.


Afp May 06, 2011

WASHINGTON: Former president Pervez Musharraf Friday blamed incompetence by the country’s intelligence agencies for allowing al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to live undetected in Pakistan for years.

"One can draw only two conclusions," Musharraf told National Public Radio.

"One is complicity from our intelligence agencies. The second is incompetence and I strongly believe in the latter," Musharraf said.

"I cannot imagine that there was complicity."

Pakistan has come under fire for failing to track down the world's most wanted man, who was shot dead in a US commando raid on Monday in a compound in Abbottabad.

Reports have said the architect of the September 11, 2011 attacks on the United States may have been living for five years in Abbottabad, in the shadow of a top military academy, and close to the homes of many retired generals.

Asked whether he was upset that he did not know that Bin Laden had been sheltering in Pakistan during his presidency, Musharraf said: "Frankly, yes."

"It is terrible," he replied, adding he wanted to ask intelligence officials "why the hell did you not know?"

But he ruled out any complicity, saying that even US President Barack Obama had praised Pakistani intelligence services for providing vital information which led to Bin Laden.

"If there was complicity, why would anyone pass on such intelligence?" he asked.

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harkol | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend This is the guy who said AQ Khan was alone in his Proliferation and air-lifted tons worth of material all by himself! Wonder why Britain even keeps him!!
syed Imran | 9 years ago | Reply | Recommend Musharraf landed this country in this quagmire and today he talks of incompetency. Who can be more incompetent than him when he decided on a spur of moment to side with the Americans not realizing, it will have far reaching consequences for the existence of this country. Pakistan lost 43000 dead,$ 64bn loss to economy and country very existence in question?
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