Washington: Eminent lawmakers Tuesday accused
Pakistan of playing a "double-game" with the US on the war against terror and raised suspicion that its spy agency ISI was knowing about Osama bin Laden`s presence in the country.
The killing of the al Qaeda chief at a one-million dollar
hideout just 120 km away from Islamabad shows that Pakistan
remains a critical but "uncertain ally" in the fight against
terrorism, Senator Susan Collins said.
"It`s very difficult for me to understand how this huge
compound could be built in a city just an hour north of the
capital of Pakistan, in a city that contained military
installations, including the Pakistani military academy, and
that it did not arouse tremendous suspicion, especially since
there were no Internet or telephone connections and the waste
was incinerated and there was barbed wire all around the top
of the compound," Collins said.
"So I think this tells us once again that unfortunately
Pakistan at times is playing a double game, and that`s very
troubling to me," she told reporters here.
The Senator said US needs to need to keep the pressure on
Pakistan and for that it should put "more strings attached to
the tremendous amount of military aid that we give the
Senator Joe Lieberman said there are going to be a lot of
questions raised here in the Congress about what people in the
Pakistani intelligence agency particularly knew or should have
known about the presence of bin Laden in Pakistan itself.
"For years, you know, the Pakistani officials have said
to us he`s not in Pakistan; he`s in the mountains in
Waziristan between Pakistan and Afghanistan."
He said, "My own experience with the Pakistanis is that
this is one of the most complicated, maybe the most
complicated security-intelligence relationship we have with
any nation in the world, because, on the one hand, the fact
is, they do give us very helpful intelligence assistance and
"(But) on the other hand, we have a lot of reason to
believe that elements of their intelligence community continue
to be very closely in touch with and perhaps supportive of
terrorist groups that are fighting us and the Afghans in
Lieberman said it will be a "real pressure" on Pakistan
to prove they did not know bin Laden`s presence.