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No proof Pak knew of Osama: US

Pak PM to address nation today, rejects American claims of control over bin Laden.

world Updated: May 08, 2011 23:43 IST

The Obama administration took some heat off Pakistan on Sunday, saying it had no evidence that Islamabad knew Osama bin Laden was living in the country before he was killed by US commandos in a garrison town a short drive from the capital.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani is scheduled to "take the nation into confidence" in parliament on Monday, his first statement to the people more than a week after the attack embarrassed the country and raised fears of a new rift between Islamabad and Washington.

Suspicion has deepened that Pakistan's pervasive Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency, which has a long history of contacts with militant groups, may have had ties with the al Qaeda leader -- or that at least some of its agents did.

Pakistan has dismissed such suggestions and says it has paid the highest price in human life and money supporting the U.S. war on militancy. The US national security adviser said that while Bin Laden's residence for several years in a compound in Abbottabad, "needs to be investigated", there was nothing to suggest the government or security establishment knew he was there.

"I can tell you directly that I've not seen evidence that would tell us that the political, the military, or the intelligence leadership had foreknowledge of bin Laden," Tom Donilon said.

Osama's mum-in-law dies of stroke
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's first mother-in-law died of a stroke after hearing the news that US forces killed him in Pakistan, a London-based Arabic newspaper reported. Nabih al-Ghanem, the mother of bin Laden's first wife, Najwa, was taken to a hospital in Latakia in northern Syria where she died after suffering the stroke.

It said the woman in her 70s "could not bear the news and lost consciousness" after US President Barack Obama announced Laden's killing.

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