US is waiting for Pak`s response on Osama hideout issue

The US is waiting for a response from Pakistan on the questions it has raised regarding the safe hideout of slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan`s garrison city of Abbottabad for over five years.

Last Updated: May 10, 2011, 10:20 AM IST

Washington: The US is waiting for a response
from Pakistan on the questions it has raised regarding the safe hideout of slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan`s garrison city of Abbottabad for over five years, a
State Department spokesman has said.

"We have been pretty clear that we`ve asked some
serious questions of the Pakistan government about what kind
of possible support network may have existed. We expect at
some point answers (to those questions)," State Department
spokesman Mark Toner told reporters yesterday at his daily
news conference.

"I think that we don`t expect answers quickly. We realise that will take some time, but, you know, we`ll wait till we get a response," he said.

Referring to the Obama Administration`s stated policy,
Toner said whenever the US has actionable intelligence against
someone who`s responsible for thousands of American and other
deaths, other nationalities; it is going to take action.

"It`s within our right to do so," he said.

"We`ve said pretty clearly; from the very first hours
after the raid said that his (bin Laden’s) whereabouts raise
some questions about, indeed, in this administration and
within Congress and within the Pakistani government, about how
he could have lived for such a long time, and whether he had
any kind of support there," Toner said.

He said the US has not jumped into any conclusions but
has asked questions and expressed its concerns to the
Pakistani government and will wait for the response.

Toner said the US is aware of the history of birth of
al-Qaeda, Taliban and the Mujahedeen and that bin Laden and
al-Qaeda were responsible for thousands of deaths, both in the
US and elsewhere around the globe, including Pakistan, and the
world`s a better place now that he`s gone.

"We continue to be in dialogue with the Pakistani
government and let`s also be very clear that our
counterterrorism with Pakistan has yielded results over the
years. It hasn`t always been a relationship where we`ve seen
eye to eye, but we have made progress, significant process,"
he said.

"We put pressure on al-Qaeda. We had the success with bin
Laden last week. So we believe it`s a worthwhile relationship.
We want to continue this cooperation. The President said that.
The Secretary (of State) said that. We believe it`s in our
best interests," he added.

PTI