London: Controversial Indian-origin
author Salman Rushdie says he was hardly surprised by Osama
bin Laden`s presence in Pakistan and finds it "ludicrous" that
the al Qaeda chief could hide in the heart of that country
without anybody`s knowledge.
Calling the system in Pakistan "deeply unstable,
corrupt and militarist", Rushdie said the power elite of that
country is "profoundly duplicitous," and the Indian
perspective would believe that in having Islamabad as an ally,
the West "is in bed with the wrong people".
"For those of us who`ve been watching for a while,
this is not rocket science. If you look at this from the
Indian side of the frontier, you know that Pakistan has been
harbouring terrorists forever," Rushdie told The Times.
The Midnight`s Children author also said he had never
believed that bin laden would be hiding in a mountainous cave
and he was hardly surprised that he was found in Abbottabad.
"In this case it was obvious that someone like bin
Laden could not have hidden out for a decade in Pakistan,
which is not a wilderness.
"I never believed the cave. I thought, `This is a rich
kid who`s grown up in a world of enormous wealth; he ain`t
living in no cave`. And Abbottabad? You`re living next door to
West Point? In a town where all your neighbours are retired
generals... Your house is eight times the size of the next-
biggest house? And nobody wants to know who lives there?
Ludicrous," he said.
Terming the power elite of Pakistan as "profoundly
duplicitous," he contrasted the set up in that country with
India which has a "stable democracy".
"Over there (in Pakistan), deeply unstable, corrupt,
militarist, cronyist ratf***. That`s the technical term. You
choose your ally," the author was quoted as saying.