Pakistan Prime Minister: Washington helped create al-Qaeda

Posted May 9, 2011 by Joseph Zulu
Yuzuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan prime minister told parliamentarians that it was Washington that helped create al-Qaeda during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
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The Prime Minister was speaking to Parliamentarians at Islamabad.
Gillian also condemned the US raid which led to the death of Osama Bin Laden calling it a “Violation of sovereignty”.
About 500 people are also said to have demonstrated in Pakistan's tribal areas against the killing of Bin Laden by US forces.
“The US had then widely dispersed al-Qaeda's fighters by following a "flawed" military strategy to try to capture Bin Laden in the mountains of Tora Bora in 2001, he added,” BBC South Asia quoted Gilani.
He said that they did not invite al-Qaeda to Pakistan adding that failure to find Bin Laden for 10 years was the result of an intelligence failure.
He added: "The al-Qaeda chief, along with other al-Qaeda operators, had managed to elude global intelligence agencies for a long time. He was constantly being tracked, not only by the ISI but also by other intelligence agencies.
He however boasted that it was the Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy that passed leads to the CIA that enabled the US intelligence to use superior technology, eventually capturing Bin Laden
Despite his criticism of the US, he also said that Washington remained a key ally of Islamabad.
"We have a strategic partnership that we believe is in our mutual interest."
According to Voice of America, Gilani warned that any future unilateral strikes could be met with “full force”.
The white house however expressed no regrets about the Bin Laden raid, Reuters reported.