Pak Army rejects claim of ISI role in Osama raid

A journalist has claimed in his book that a senior colonel in Pakistan`s ISI informed US officials about Osama bin Laden`s whereabouts.

Updated: Aug 24, 2012, 14:58 PM IST

Rawalpindi: The Pakistan Army has rejected a claim made by a US journalist in his book that a Pakistani intelligence official tipped off the US about the whereabouts of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

According to the magazine - Foreign Policy- journalist Richard Miniter has claimed in his book that a senior colonel in Pakistan`s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) directorate walked into the US embassy in Islamabad in December 2010, five months before the Abbottabad raid, and informed officials about bin Laden`s whereabouts, reports The News.

The book also states that bin Laden`s compound was "carved out" of Abbottabad`s Kakul Military Academy and that senior Pakistani military officials may have been briefed on the raid in advance.

"This is a fabricated story. Any such story will not have basis and is an attempt to malign Pakistan and the Pakistan Army," said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) director general Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa.

"The tale implies that the ISI had some advance knowledge that Bin Laden had been hiding in Abbottabad with several members of his family before the May 2, 2011, US raid," Bajwa said.

"You can find twists in (the Miniter story) to show as if Pakistan was helping terrorists, which is incorrect," he added.