Washington: Pakistan Army and its powerful
spy agency ISI have a lot of questions to answer as Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was hiding in a mansion close to an Army
Academy in Abbottabad, a top American Senator said Tuesday.
"I think that the Pakistani army and intelligence have
a lot of questions to answer, given the location, the length
of time and the apparent fact that this facility was actually
built for bin Laden, and its closeness to the central location
of the Pakistani army," Senator Carl Levin, told reporters at
a joint news conference here along with the Senate Majority
Leader Senator Harry Reid.
Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services
Committee, said the army and the intelligence of Pakistan have
plenty of questions that they should be answering, and
hopefully they are being asked by the Pakistani government.
At the same time, Levin appreciated Pakistan President
Asif Ali Zardari, saying this was very reassuring.
"I do think that the Pakistani president`s statement
today was a very reassuring statement, when he very
specifically said that he thinks that it`s a great victory and
that it`s a success and that he congratulates us on the
success of the operation," he said.
"So, reassured by his statement, not necessarily
suspicious that he knew or that the civilian leadership knew,
but I must tell you I hope that the President of Pakistan,
will follow through and ask some very tough questions of his
own military and his own intelligence. They got a lot of
explaining to do," Levin said.
Senator Reid said the successful operation against
Osama was mainly due to President Obama`s efforts to refocus on Afghanistan and Pakistan as a central battleground in the fight against terror.
"Over the past two and a half years, the Obama administration has significantly escalated our military,
diplomatic, intelligence and economic efforts to disrupt,
dismantle and defeat al- Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan and
around the world," he said.