Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Don't blame us, Pakistan PM insists

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (AP)
Pakistan's Prime MinisterYousuf Raza Gilani(AP)

Pakistan's prime minister has dismissed claims the country's security forces either helped al Qaida chief Osama bin Laden to hide or were incompetent in tracking him down.

Yousuf Raza Gilani defended his country during an address to Parliament, a week after the US raid in the Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad killed the terrorist mastermind.

He also said bin Laden's killing was proper justice.

Bin Laden's location raised suspicions that he had help from some Pakistani authorities, possibly elements of the powerful army and intelligence services. Pakistan's armed forces have historical - some say continuing - links with Islamist militants, which they used as proxies in Afghanistan and India.

Mr Gilani also said the army will investigate how bin Laden hid for years on his country's soil without being detected.

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