`Hard to believe Kayani didn`t know of Osama`s presence`

A former US national security adviser has said it is inconceivable that Pak Army chief did not know where the al Qaeda chief was hiding.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2011, 13:28 PM IST

Washington: Months after Osama bin Laden was
killed by US forces in a covert operation in Abbottabad, a
former US national security adviser has said it is
"inconceivable" that Pakistani Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez
Kayani did not know where the al Qaeda chief was hiding.

"I think that`s inconceivable," Gen (Retd) James Jones
told the popular Charlie Rose show on the PBS news network
last evening.

His comments came when asked: "Do you accept that Gen
Kayani and others did not know that Osama bin Laden was in
Pakistan?"

Jones, who was the National Security Adviser to President
Barack Obama from January 2009 to October 2010, said "My
personal opinion is that I just find it hard to believe."

The response from Jones gains significance as even though
he was not the top Obama adviser when operation bin Laden took
place on May 2 in Pakistani garrison city of Abbottabad, he
was indeed part and parcel of the Obama team and privy to the
intelligence information and classified documents when the
planning for this secret mission started.

"This is getting back to my point about there is no logic
here" in Kayani and others in Pakistan not knowing about bin
Laden`s hideout, Jones said, when asked "So what were they
thinking about?"

PTI