Washington: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has said he believes that the failure to locate al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was hiding at a luxury compound right under the nose of the Pakistan Military Academy, depicts Pakistani intelligence agencies’ “incompetence”.
The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad city, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar.
When asked in a National Public Radio interview as to how bin Laden was able to live for something like five years so close to a military academy and relatively close to Islamabad, Musharraf replied: “Well, yes, I mean one can draw only two conclusions. One is complicity from our intelligence agencies. The second is incompetence. And I strongly believe in the latter. It is their incompetence, I think. One would blame them for failing in their duties.”
“But I cannot imagine that there was complicity… For many reasons… (Unintelligible) it’s possible. I mean after all, 9/11 also took place. After all, Bombay also took place, and there was failure of intelligence and it does take place,” he added.
The former military ruler also pointed out that US President Barack Obama thanked Pakistan’s intelligence agency for contributing to leading to ‘Operation Geronimo’.
“Now, what is it that he has thanked them for, one has to ask. My indirect information is that probably there were some intercepts that were passed on to the Central Intelligence Agency by our intelligence, which led to this homing on to this place. Now, if there were complicity, why would anyone pass such intelligence to the CIA?” he questioned.