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Not given China access to Osama raid chopper: Pak

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 09:57

Islamabad: The Pakistani military on Tuesday
rejected reports in the Western media that it gave China
access to the top secret stealth helicopter that crashed
during the covert American raid that killed Osama bin Laden in
May.
Reacting to the media reports that quoted unnamed US
officials as saying that Pakistan gave China access to the
wreckage of the helicopter despite requests from the CIA not
to do so, Inter-Services Public Relations chief Maj Gen Athar
Abbas said, "The assertion made is not true and therefore we
reject this report."

Abbas expressed surprise at the extent of "kite flying"
that some sections of the foreign media was indulging in. He
criticised a section of the foreign media for "launching a
malicious campaign against Pakistan`s security organisations".

He asked the media "to verify and cross check" matters
rather than relying on "unnamed officials".

During the raid against al-Qaeda chief bin Laden on May
2, a Black Hawk helicopter modified with stealth technology
malfunctioned and crashed. It was destroyed with explosives by
US commandos but its tail section was largely left intact.
The media reports said Pakistan, which enjoys a close
military relationship with China, allowed Chinese officials to
take pictures of the tail section and samples of its special
"skin" that allowed the helicopter to evade radar.

The Financial Times daily reported that Pakistan Army
chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had denied that China had been
given access to the helicopter. The tail section was returned
to the US after a trip to Islamabad by Senator John Kerry in
May.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 09:52

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