Give access to bin Laden`s 3 wives: US to Pak

Last Updated: Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 23:24

Washington: The US on Sunday demanded access
from Pakistan to all non combatants, including Osama bin
Laden`s three wives, detained by the Pakistani authorities and
additional materials recovered from the Abbottabad compound,
where the al-Qaeda leader was killed by American forces.

"We need to work with them (Pakistan) on assessing all
the evidence out of that compound and all of the evidence
associated with Osama bin Laden`s presence there for six
years. They have in their custody all the non combatants from
the compound, including three wives of Osama bin Laden.

We`ve asked for access to those folks," the National
Security Advisor, Tom Donilon said in an
interview to a TV Channel.

Pakistan says it is still holding the wives and
children of bin Laden for interrogation and that so far, no
country has sought their extradition.

Pakistan gained custody of bin Laden`s three wives and
eight children on Monday after a covert special US operation
killed the al-Qaida chief at his hideout in the northwestern
city of Abbottabad.

Appearing on five of the six Sunday talk shows,
Donilon said so far US has no evidence which suggests that the
Pakistani Government knew about the presence of bin Laden at a
Abbottabad compound.

"As I sit here with you, I don`t have any information
that would indicate foreknowledge by the political, military,
or intelligence leadership in Pakistan, point one.

Point two, though, is the fact that Osama bin Laden
was living -- and we now know operating -- in a town 35 miles
away from Islamabad in what is essentially a military town of
sorts, with an important institution and other military

So these questions are being raised quite aggressively
in Pakistan," Donilon said.

The National Security Advisor said, the US needs to
work with the Pakistanis to know how this happened and they
need to know how this happened, if they weren`t involved.

"They (Pakistanis) took additional materials. We
talked to them first about the materials that we had.

They had additional materials. We need access to that.

But I would be remiss if I didn`t make another point.
More people have died, right, more terrorists have
died and been captured on Pakistan soil than any place else in
the world.

They have been an essential partner of ours in the
war against Al Qaida and in our efforts against terrorism.

And that really can`t be dismissed," Donilon said.
Donilon said America`s relationship with Pakistan is
an important one.

"So we need to assess this in a cool and calm way.
My job as national security adviser is to do this in a
way that advances our interests," he said.


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First Published: Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 23:24

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