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Pak lawmaker quizzes ISI over US raid that killed bin Laden

Last Updated: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 00:48

Islamabad: The in-camera joint session of
Pakistan`s parliament on the US raid that killed Osama bin
Laden witnessed a testy exchange between the lawmaker of a
religious party and the ISI chief, according to media reports on Saturday.

Parliamentarian Atta-ur-Rehman, the younger brother of
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Fazlur Rehman, asked Inter-Services
Intelligence chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, who had created
the Taliban and financially supported them during the joint
session yesterday, sources were quoted as saying in the media

Rehman also questioned the military`s decision to conduct
operations against `mujahideen` like bin Laden and the
appearance of top military officials in parliament because
their "big boss", the US, was angry with them.

Pasha then requested the lawmaker not to get involved in
discussions about the history of the mujahideen.

He implied that parties like the JUI were receiving
funding from Libya and Saudi Arabia, the reports said.

"If we will discuss it, then things will go very far and
everyone will come to know who has been receiving dollars from
Saudi Arabia and Libya," the ISI chief was quoted as saying.

Lawmakers thumped their desks on hearing Pasha`s remarks,
sources said.

Rehman then staged a token walkout from the House though
he returned after 10 minutes, the sources said.


First Published: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 00:48

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