Pakistan defends its terror record, warns US against future raids
In the wake of Osama bin Laden's killing, Pakistan is defending itself against accusations that it was complicit in hiding the Al Qaeda leader.
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In Abbottabad, residents said they were alarmed to hear that the Pakistani military didn't handle the operation, according to the Monitor. "The Pakistan Army is based here, why weren't they trusted to arrest him?" one resident asked. “For the Americans to come here and take people away from our area is a big insult to us. If I had been there I would have killed the Americans myself," another said.Skip to next paragraph
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Relations between Washington and Islamabad were recently strained by the Raymond Davis case. The CIA contractor, who shot and killed two Pakistani men, was recently freed from Pakistani custody after "blood money was paid to the families" of the men, according to the Monitor.
After the bin Laden operation, CIA Director Leon Panetta said that the US opted not to share details with Pakistan because it feared that bin Laden might be alerted, according to Agence France-Presse.
Meanwhile, former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf defended the country's intelligence agency against accusations that it knew bin Laden's whereabouts. "I think the ISI must be utterly stupid to put them in such a prominent place, hiding them in such a prominent place. That is not something the ISI would have done. Certainly not. So let’s not accuse the ISI," he said.
General Musharraf said the compound is along the route he used to run as a military cadet years ago, making it likely that current cadets ran past the compound daily, according to The Telegraph.
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