Afghanistan knew where Osama was in Pak: Ex-spy chief

Ex Afghan spy chief said, raid of al Qaeda chief in Pak didn’t surprise him.

Last Updated: May 16, 2011, 14:47 PM IST

Kabul: Afghanistan’s former intelligence chief has said that the killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden deep inside Pakistan didn’t surprise him as he had been making that case for years.

In an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Amrullah Saleh said that Afghan intelligence thought bin Laden was in the Pakistani city of Mansehra - about 20kms away from Abbottabad, where the terrorist leader was eventually found and killed by US Navy SEALs on May 2.

Saleh revealed that he had confronted former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf back in 2007, and informed him about the intelligence report on bin Laden.

He further that Musharraf was so offended that he lunged at him, and that Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai had to intervene.

The former intelligence chief also believes that Pakistan should be recognized by the US as “a hostile country”.

Saleh revealed that he had confronted former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf back in 2007, and informed him about the intelligence report on bin Laden.

He further that Musharraf was so offended that he lunged at him, and that Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai had to intervene.

The former intelligence chief also believes that Pakistan should be recognized by the US as “a hostile country”.
“They take your money. They do not co-operate. They created the Taleban. They are number one in nuclear proliferation,” Saleh said.

ANI