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Osama raid tremors still felt in Pak

Pakistan continued to pick the pieces after Monday's raid by US special forces which led to the death of the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama Bin Laden.

world Updated: May 08, 2011 01:34 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad

Pakistan continues to pick the pieces after Monday's raid by US special forces which led to the death of the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Ladin. On Saturday, army chief General Ashfaq Kayani met with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and promised a report on the intelligence and security failure of the Pakistani side which allowed bin Ladin to live in Abbottabad for several years undetected. General Kayani will also tell President Zardari why the Pakistani military could not detect the US forces as they remained within Pakistani territory for nearly an hour.

Another damage control exercise by the military has been to dispatch the chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha to Washington on Friday to discuss Pakistan's position on the US assault. The visit, however, is not being confirmed or denied by the military high command, which continues to be trying to control damage to its image from the US attack.

The Express 24/7 channel reported on Saturday that Pasha is expected to meet CIA chief Leon Panetta during his visit with whom he will discuss intelligence sharing between the ISI and CIA.

The Pakistan Air Force, for its part, has denied a news report that appeared in The News, an English language daily, which quoted the country's air chief as saying that radars on the western flank of the Pakistan air defence system were not operational and that is possibly why the US teams entered the country undetected.

The News quoted unnamed highly placed officials who told the newspaper's correspondent of what the Pakistan air chief had said.

On Saturday, more embarrassing news came out when intelligence sources interrogating one of the wives of Osama bin Ladin told newsmen that she has told her interrogators that she and her family had been living in Abbottabad for almost six years.

The family of Osama has also become a hot potato for Pakistan. Pakistan's interior minister flew into Saudi Arabia to come to some arrangement over what to do with the surviving family members of Osama bin Ladin, officials said on Saturday. It is believed that the Saudi government is reluctant to take custody of the family members owing to political complications that may arise.