Musharraf jogged in the area where Osama was killed

As a military cadet, former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf used to go for jogging next to the place where al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces.

Last Updated: May 04, 2011, 16:15 PM IST

London: As a military cadet, former
Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf used to go for jogging next to the place where al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces.

The world`s most wanted terrorist was killed in a
complex in Abbottabad city near Islamabad, where he was
living, just yards away from the Pakistan Military Academy.

"It surprises me it was next to the Pakistan military
academy," Musharraf said.

"The location is next to the place where I used to run
nine miles, en route, maybe passing in front of the house.
That is surprising," `The Telegraph` quoted him as saying.

The newspaper said his comments raise the prospect
that military cadets regularly ran past bin Laden`s compound.

Musharraf denied any knowledge of bin Laden`s
whereabouts when he was ruler of Pakistan from 1999 to 2008.

He however admitted there was intelligence failure.

"They didn`t know where he was," Musharraf said adding
"One can call it a failing or a shortcoming of intelligence,
but then it`s a shortcoming of both intelligences - Pakistan
and the United States."

The city, Abbottabad, is home to thousands of
soldiers.

It has come as a surprise to many that Osama was
finally killed after an over 10 year manhunt in a place which
is close to a Pakistani training academy, which was also
visited last month by current army chief General Ashfaq Parvez
Kayani.

PTI