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article imagePakistan said to be embarrassed over Bin Laden intelligence gaffe

By Andrew John     May 3, 2011 in World
Pakistan has admitted that it is embarrassed by the intelligence failure that allowed authorities there to not be aware of Osama Bin Laden’s presence in the country.
Bin Laden – the world’s most wanted terrorist up until his reported assassination by US forces on Sunday – was said to have been found in a compound in Abbottabad. But an official of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, has told the BBC that it had been raided in 2003.
But, he said, it had been “not on our radar” since that time.
“The ISI official told the BBC’s Owen Bennett-Jones in Islamabad that the compound in Abbottabad, just 100km (62 miles) from the capital, was raided when under construction in 2003,” says the BBC.
It was believed an al-Qaeda operative, Abu Faraj al-Libi, was there.
“Clearly there were people helping Bin Laden in this location … were they state employees, were they simply from Taliban-related groups, were they from the intelligence agencies?” asks Bennett-Jones.
“For all Americans may ask the questions, I doubt they will get any answers. There will be ambiguity about this and the Pakistanis will deny they had any knowledge whatsoever.”
Abbottabad is 40 miles away from the country's capital Islamabad.
Meanwhile, religious leaders are soft-pedalling on celebrating Bin Laden’s death.
The UK-based Christian think tank Ekklesia says in a bulletin today that several religious leaders have been quoting the words of the civil-rights leader Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, who said: “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.”
It quotes US “emergent church” leader Brian McLaren, currently in Britain, as saying: “Joyfully celebrating the killing of a killer who joyfully celebrated killing carries an irony that I hope will not be lost on us. Are we learning anything, or simply spinning harder in the cycle of violence?”
Some religious leaders have been quoting the words of Martin Luther King, who said: “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.”
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