Pakistan expects US to share intelligence regarding Zawahiri: ISPR

Published: July 10, 2011
Pakistan army expects US intelligence agencies to share  information regarding Aymen al Zawahari: ISPR spokesperson. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan army expects US intelligence agencies to share information regarding Aymen al Zawahari: ISPR spokesperson. PHOTO: AFP

The Pakistan army expects US intelligence agencies to share with it information regarding Ayman al Zawahari and other high value targets, an Inter Services Pubic Relations (ISPR) spokesperson said on Sunday.

The ISPR statement was issued in response to US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta’s statement that he believed the head of al Qaeda Ayman al Zawahiri was living in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

The ISPR spokesperson today (Sunday) said US intelligence should share its findings with Pakistan to enable the Pakistan army to carry out targeted operations in the region they believed militants were seeking refuge.

The spokesperson added that the army is already carrying out intense operations against al Qaeda and its affiliates who are a threat to the security of Pakistanis.

“This includes pursuit and targeting terrorists leadership and high value targets,” added the spokesperson.

Panetta had said he believed Zawahiri was living in Pakistan’s tribal areas, and “he’s one of those we would like to see the Pakistanis target”.

Al Qaeda has named the Egyptian surgeon, and the group’s long-time number two Zawahiri, to succeed Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a May 2 US commando raid on his compound in Pakistan.


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  • Zahid Qureshi
    Jul 10, 2011 - 3:52PM

    Very good response from Pak Army……


  • G. Din
    Jul 10, 2011 - 4:10PM

    “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost;
    When health is lost, something is lost;
    When reputation is lost, EVERYTHING is lost.”
    Pakistan! Your reputation is in tatters the world over, you have lost everything. You have gone down in everyone’s eyes. You have no friends left. And yet, you continue to delude yourself that the world cannot do without you. Insult upon insult, humiliation upon humiliation, whatever happened to your “khudi”!!!!


  • BruteForce
    Jul 10, 2011 - 4:30PM

    Recently the US officials disclosed the site of the Bomb Factories in North Waziristan to the Pakistanis and before the Pakistani Security forces could arrive the site was deserted.

    If Pakistan cannot let low level Taliban to get arrested making bombs then will they really not tell Zawahiri that the Americans know where he is?


  • Dr,A.Ktewari
    Jul 10, 2011 - 4:32PM

    Now the end of new al quida king is certain ?


  • saleem khan
    Jul 10, 2011 - 4:41PM

    Don’t share it with Pak Army: My advice to US. Just come and pick him like you did in case of Osama. Otherwise our Army will tip him off. You know better than us.


  • Arindom
    Jul 10, 2011 - 4:52PM

    Why does Pakistani Army want this intelligence? To build another safe house for him?


  • SaudiRules
    Jul 10, 2011 - 5:32PM

    ISPR and khakis are afraid that the US may carry out a unilateral raid to eliminate Ayman al Zawahari, like they did with OBL! That is what they are scared of. I for one think the US should eliminate Ayman al Zawahari by themselves, at least the awam will know what the well-fed, BMWs driving khakis are worth.
    More than 35,000 civilian lives lost in WOT and khakis are still playing “good” terrorist “bad” terrorists. Not a day goes by without a bomblast and all the ISPR is doing is issuing press releases!


  • Faction
    Jul 10, 2011 - 5:42PM

    LOL!! As is America would trust Pakistan with this information!


  • Babloo
    Jul 10, 2011 - 5:48PM

    Is Pak army trying to find out people who may be providing intelligence information on Zahawari to USA so that it can do what it has done to those that helped the May 2 raid ?


  • Bangash
    Jul 10, 2011 - 6:06PM

    Same tired old statements made by ISPR


  • Roflcopter
    Jul 10, 2011 - 6:19PM

    lol nice response but I doubt CIA snakes would provide credible intelligence


  • harry stone
    Jul 10, 2011 - 6:36PM

    The US would be foolish to do so given the record of PAK. One could only assume this information is wanted so that he can be protected.


  • Pundit
    Jul 10, 2011 - 6:38PM

    Paks self confessed incompetence is well established in the OBL case.


  • Cautious
    Jul 10, 2011 - 6:51PM

    Pakistan is providing sanctuary to terrorist, was caught hiding OBL, provided WMD info to N Korea, Libya, and Iran —– does that sound like a country that you would share high level intelligence about the whereabouts of a high level target. Didn’t think so.


  • ali
    Jul 10, 2011 - 7:11PM

    @G. Din:
    no friends left ? you are kidding your self if you think the entire world shares american public opinion. a country that was stupid enough to elect George bush twice and then spend 2 years finding the birth certificate of the next president is never taken seriously


  • Gen. Pasha
    Jul 10, 2011 - 7:19PM

    We reject the allegation. Hillary Clinton also lied OBL was in FATA, but he was in PMA.

    Its a conspiracy!



  • Sanjith Menon
    Jul 10, 2011 - 7:55PM

    Why don’t Americans try looking at the pitch black hills that border Baluchistan and Helmand province. Its an unprotected border. there are many lovable characters who live there. They are peasants but increasingly have a penchant for diesel generators!


  • Kami
    Jul 10, 2011 - 8:05PM

    US Media and Top officials are taking parallel stance now a days: seems they r buidling case against country to whom they have utilized ruthlessly for years and virtually ruined everything (pride, soverignity, economy, prestige in world cumminty). Pakistan is likely to be punished for US failure in Afghanistan and its friendship with China..This Nation needs to read between lines and show some maturity even if we may have lot of differences amongst ourselves but we have to protect this country no one else…..


  • Mango Man
    Jul 10, 2011 - 8:09PM

    and let him escape!? Does ISPR think that it can continue to fool all the people all the time?


  • ScoobyDoo
    Jul 10, 2011 - 8:23PM

    I am surprised to read above comments. No one knows the meaning of sovereignty. In a sovereign state a person, before execution, should be declared a convict by the state’s own legal procedures. If we start killing people in Pakistan pinpointed by US, without satisfying our own procedures, instead of allowing US to do that….will it make us sovereign?…No. it is just spending our money instead of US money on the operation….sovereignty was lost when we decided to go for extra judicial murder of an individual upon US or any other country’s wish.


  • UncleSargam
    Jul 10, 2011 - 8:28PM

    Pakistan should carry out a dummy operation and tell the world we have killed Al Zawahiri and buried him in the Arabian sea….or….US would take the lead and put the whole pressure on us.


  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jul 10, 2011 - 8:32PM

    If Leon Panetta has the information and he es not share it with Pakistan then they are either complicit or he is lying


  • shazada loan
    Jul 10, 2011 - 8:36PM

    Mr Panatta has not got a clue about defence or politics or military planning. He is speaking through his backside, typical of a Western desperado actor. Having lost the war, on all fronts, in Afghanistan, the Zionist led American government is desperate to get out of this mess. They thought they could kill several birds with one lie but they could not even find Osama. My advice to Mr Panetta is to go back to Italy where his ancestors originated and let this vast continent they have named after themselves to the natives, at the moment living like animals in animal reserves.


  • Mr. Nobody
    Jul 10, 2011 - 8:49PM

    yeah right,dream on.put yourself in their shoes and think what would you do.


  • Frank
    Jul 10, 2011 - 9:09PM

    G, Din

    Pakistan! Your reputation is in
    tatters the world over, you have lost
    everything. You have gone down in
    everyone’s eyes. You have no friends

    Another one who thinks America=the entire world. Pakistan’s relations with China are as good as ever and relations with Iran and Russia have improved dramatically in the last year. Our relations with your neighbours Nepal and Sri Lanka are better than yours. And it’s amazing how the minds of Indians are so preoccupied with the thoughts of a country that has allegedly lost everything. If I weren’t so polite I would call it an obsession.


  • Jagdesh
    Jul 10, 2011 - 9:16PM

    Pakistan should kill Al Zawahiri and bury him in the sea as soon as possible….


  • Zafar
    Jul 10, 2011 - 9:23PM

    Too clever is dumb, O. Nash

    Has anyone ever wonder how they know where are the hide-outs and safe heavens in Pakistan? Well I would be stupid to ask such an obvious question from Pakistanis. Those who built them in the first place would definitely know them. They think that they are clever. In fact they are not only clever but too-clever . As the quotation holds true we have to wait and see what dumb word turns up into at this level.


    Jul 10, 2011 - 9:46PM

    How on the earth ISPR expect Americans to share the information after suffering treachery at the hands of the military for umpteenth times ? They would rather do it themselves.


  • let there be peace
    Jul 10, 2011 - 10:10PM

    why does a country with world’s no.1 intelligence agency wants intelligence about ITS OWN TERRITORY from foreign country ?


  • Mirza
    Jul 10, 2011 - 10:17PM

    Now the shoe is on the other foot and the pot is calling the cattle black! In Urdu: Shurm tum ko magar nahi aati. In Persian: Azmoda ra azmoodan hahal ust.


    Jul 10, 2011 - 10:34PM

    if he is there, dare come in and get him like OBL


  • Khokhar
    Jul 11, 2011 - 12:13AM

    Pakistan should conduct operation Al zawahiri and bury him in sea at an unknown location without taking a single photograph…. before US does it.


  • Pakistani patriot
    Jul 11, 2011 - 12:27AM

    Pakistan Army statement is bold and good, yes US shouold share intelligence and Special Services Group Zarrar company anti-terrorist squad, Pak Army commandoes must take him out. US Navy seals are no better than our SSG. My thoughts and prayers are with officers and men fighting in tribal areas. May Allah protect you and Pakistan! Ameen.

    Pak Fauj Zindabad!


  • Meekal Ahmed
    Jul 11, 2011 - 12:37AM


    I agree whole-heartedly.


  • XYZ
    Jul 11, 2011 - 1:30AM

    Why not .. we’ll share info after we kill/capture him .:)


  • Jul 11, 2011 - 1:44AM

    Beware in this anti terror war Pakistan and the U.S. are partners but in their
    perception terrorists are opposite to one another.Americans and the world
    identify Pakistan as terror epicenter.On the other side anti terror war non
    NATO lone partner Pakistan believes, the epicenter indeed is in an unidentified
    location in the U.S. The partners challenge each other for actionable intelligence
    and information sharing another but do not exchange them on account of “trust
    deficit”.The U.S. has taken responsibility all alone to locate OBL and eliminate
    him. The next part of the playing field belongs to Pakistan.Wait and watch
    Pakistani second innings after the ten year long first innings of the U.S.Pakistanis
    play good cricket!
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna


  • Mirza
    Jul 11, 2011 - 1:55AM

    Does anybody or any country give a damn what ISPR/army think? If history is a judge, then US should not share the whereabouts of any top terrorists with the army/ISI. We were given a very long rope but all we did acted as wise guy and hanged ourselves.


  • Arindom
    Jul 11, 2011 - 1:57AM


    what about murders of common man including journalists carried out by ISI? That of course is within the Soveriegn rights of Pakistan, of course?


  • G.A.
    Jul 11, 2011 - 2:25AM

    Nothing is lost of Pakistan, if anyone has lost it is only those planned to make this country’s lose. The amount of hardships in which Pakistan is put to go through cannot be judged by those who never even gone through such circumstances. I do not see any of the recent events as lose but as an opener of new era for Pakistan after so much experiments, struggles and lessons from its creation till the present day.


  • Majid
    Jul 11, 2011 - 3:21AM

    Americans sharing intelligence with us is like them telling Zawahiri when and where they plan to pick him up. The US will not do it and can’t be expected to do it after what happened in abbotabad.


  • Jul 11, 2011 - 4:46AM

    US has lost its war against terror; for which US admin is trying to make her proxy Pakistan a convenient scapegoat for all her failings.

    It is not difficult to ascertain that earlier impoverished Osama Bin Laden living a vegetative life was being kept at Abbotabad compound by mutual US-Pak agreement with a plan to spring him up some times in July -August and mark it a US-Pak Joint victory but Pentagon foreseeing it difficult to handle it; decided to betray her ally Pakistan and went ahead to orchestrate a raid drama and blaming it on Pakistan for their accomplices; hijacked OBL and declared her sole victory.

    Sadly US has failed in that exercise and strangely; daily a new blame is being crafted to pressurise Pakistan and cover her failings.

    US is likely to orchestrate yet another drama of Ayman al Zawahiri; hopefully our ISI will not be stung from the same snake pit… repeatedly.


  • Jul 11, 2011 - 8:10AM

    Perfect example of the “cooperate with us but don’t expect us to cooperate with you” mindset that never fails to prevail over anything else.


  • Alert
    Jul 11, 2011 - 8:59PM

    That, Pakistan, will cost $1.5 billion.
    – US tax payer


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