New Delhi: Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha went secretly to China days after the killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US forces in Abbottabad on May 02, a report said on Monday.
The report in a leading Indian daily indicates the amount to which Islamabad depends upon its “all-weather friend” Beijing to manage the situation that arose in the wake of the killing of bin Laden.
There were reports about Pasha going to an undisclosed location and even Washington after al Qaeda chief’s killing, but no details were revealed ever.
According to the report, Pasha had gone to Beijing before the debate in Pakistan’s National Assembly on the presence of bin Laden near Islamabad and the unilateral action taken by the US to target him.
The report also added that the aim of Pasha’s Beijing visit was to outline a common line on the stance to be taken in the National Assembly.
Notably, China has repeatedly acknowledged Pakistan’s “outstanding” contribution in combating terrorism, adding the international community should respect its sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has just concluded his four-day trip to China.
First Published: Monday, May 23, 2011, 10:26