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article imageDid Pakistani government help hide Osama Bin Laden?

By Joseph Zulu     May 9, 2011 in Politics
Islamabad - A question still being asked after the death of Osama Bin Laden is, “Did the Pakistani Government know about the presence of Osama Bin Laden in that country?”
This is the questions asked by millions of people across the globe after the US’s most wanted man was shot dead by the SEALs in a helicopter raid at his Abbottabad compound.
Questions have still not been answered as to how Bin Laden was able to live in Abbottabad without the knowledge of the country's intelligence agencies.
Reports spread the Bin Laden may have lived at the compound for over five years, undetected.
BBC News South Asia reports that Pakistan Prime Minister, Yuzuf Raza Gilani has told parliament that the an investigation will be launched into how Bin Laden was able to live in the garrison city of Abbottabad.
Gilani however insists that allegations that his government was aware of Bin Laden’s presence are ‘absurd’.
Barack Obama has also urged Pakistan to investigate the suspected network that may have helped sustain Bin Laden.
US President Barack Obama has urged Pakistan to investigate the suspected network that sustained Bin Laden.
"We are determined to get to the bottom of how, when and why about OBL's presence in Abbottabad," BBC South Asia quoted Gilani.
It is alleged Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency which has a history with militant groups may have known where Bin Laden was hiding.
Gilani however told MPs that the ISI, and the military, had the full support and confidence of the government, BBC South Asia reported.
The Voice of American quoted Gilani as having said, “It is "disingenuous" for anyone to insinuate that Pakistani authorities, including the country's spy agency, the ISI, were aligned with al-Qaida”.
He however described Bin Laden’s death as justice done and insisted that his country’s relationship with the US was still strong.
Reuters reported that the US wants access to Bin Laden’s three wives to gain more information about al-Qaeda.
The wives are said to have been at the compound when the SEALs raided the compound where Bin Laden was killed.
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