VOA, May 09, 2011
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Monday denied that his country’s intelligence agencies helped hide Osama bin Laden, insisting that allegations of complicity or incompetence were “absurd”.
In a speech to Islamabad’s parliament, Gilani said it was “disingenuous” for anyone to insinuate that Pakistani authorities, including the country’s spy agency, the ISI, were aligned with al-Qaida.
“We emphatically reject such accusations. Speculative narratives in the public domain are meant to create despondency,” said Gilani. “We will not allow our detractors to succeed in offloading their own shortcomings and errors of omission and commission in a blame game that stigmatizes Pakistan.”
Phi Beta Iota: CIA is still in denial over the reality that the Pakistani ISI put one over on them for decades. The FACT is that ISI has always had a special section for nurturing radical Islamic factions and the tribes, and CIA was all too quick to accept the claim that they were “renegades.” The Pakistan PM is blustering and knows that part of the truth. What we do not understand is why Pakistan, which has some very smart people, doesn’t flip the tortilla on the CIA and start an investigation on how they set up the assassination of a patsy to “frame” Pakistan. We might as well make this interesting.