ISI knew where Osama lived; sheltered Zawahiri’

Pakistan`s ISI was aware of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden`s hideout in Abbottabad and the spy agency officials also provided protection and safe houses to his then deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2011, 09:52 AM IST

Washington: Pakistan`s ISI was aware of
al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden`s hideout in Abbottabad and the
spy agency officials also provided protection and safe houses
to his then deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, according to a new book.

The ISI officials periodically checked on bin Laden also,
this sensational claim has been made by Chuck Pfarrer, a
former SEALs, in his latest book "Seal Target Geronimo" that
hit the stands here today.

Pfarrer says his account in the book, that gives a blow
by blow account of the killing of bin Laden in a surprise US
raid in Abbottabad on May 2, is based on his interviews and
interactions with members of the SEALs team that killed the
al-Qaeda leader and the US military and Obama Administration
officials. All the sources have been kept anonymous.

Notably officials of the Obama Administration, Department
of Defence and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have so far
maintained that they haven`t obtained any evidence which
indicates about the ISI having knowledge of the whereabouts of
bin Laden or providing support infrastructure to him.

"The ISI knew exactly where he was, but did not inform
the US. They continued to let bin Laden pace back and forth in
his compound," Pfarrer wrote in his 225-page book.

Giving an insight into the last few months of bin Laden`s
life, Pfarrer wrote that he became increasingly reclusive and
seldom left the main building, unless it was to put on a set
of golden-threaded robes and have one of his aides film him as
he tried to read pronouncements to be aired on Al Jazeera or
released on al-Qaeda`s web sites.

PTI