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‘Pak military surprised when told about Osama operation’

Pakistani military leaders, including army chief General Ashfaq Kayani, were surprised to know that Osama bin Laden was hiding in there when they were told about the US raid that killed the dreaded terrorist, according to an analysis of conversations conducted by the US intelligence.

world Updated: Jun 16, 2011 00:02 IST

Pakistani military leaders, including army chief General Ashfaq Kayani, were surprised to know that Osama bin Laden was hiding in there when they were told about the US raid that killed the dreaded terrorist, according to an analysis of conversations conducted by the US intelligence.

The US intelligence was particularly interested in learning how much surprise was expressed by Kayani and ISI chief Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha when they learnt of the operation.

They conducted a voice analysis of recordings of conversations to determine how genuine their surprise was, Washington Post’s national security correspondent Karen DeYoung said.

“Of course, they were surprised that bin Laden was dead; they were also surprised to know that he was there [in Pakistan],” she said at the event organised in Washington.

The CIA is “constantly frustrated” by the ISI and has little knowledge of how it operates, she said. She also highlighted a recent instance of militants evacuating two bomb-making factories in Waziristan tribal region shortly after US tipped off the Pakistani military about them. The US officials provided satellite video of the two IED factories in Waziristan, one run by the Haqqani network and the other by al Qaeda.