Pakistan clarifies stance on Bin Laden operation, warns against future ventures

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said on Thursday that any country that again seeks to raid its territory would face consequences from Pakistan’s military.

“We feel that sort of misadventure or miscalculation would result in a terrible catastrophe,” he said. “There should be no doubt Pakistan has adequate capacity to ensure its own defence.”

He was speaking three days after a US raid by special forces, without the knowledge of Pakistan officials, on a compound in Abbottabad, north of the capital, killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Reiterating the statement made by PM Yousaf Gilani in Paris, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said if an intelligence failure had resulted in a decade-long hunt for most wanted terrorist Bin Laden, the blame was to be shared by spy agencies all over the world.

Talking to the media in Islamabad, Bashir responded to media critique of the Pakistan military and intelligence agencies by saying that the criticism is unwarranted and cannot be validated.

“This has been played out all wrong in the media domain…we have a lot of work to do to change this,” said Bashir.

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  1. Just a nasty thought: If the Pakistanis would have known that Usama bin Laden was in Abbotabad, his house would have been well protected inside a military compound, not 200 m from it … (?!)

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