Osama Killed: In a House in Abbottabad

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As per the latest news, Osama bin Laden was killed by the US special forces in a highly protected “custom-built” house in Abbottabad. This raises a few questions about the role of Pakistani intelligence agencies, especially since Abbottabad is not a remote mountain town: the town houses, of other important things, The Pakistan Military Academy where the Pakistani army officers are trained.

If he was so close to Islamabad, in a fortified building, then someone must have sponsored his hideout and if they did not, how come they never found out about it? I mean, doesn’t  Pakistan spend a fortune on these agencies?

Yes, in one way we can all rejoice that a person who caused the deaths of thousands–Muslims and non-Muslims–is dead, but Pakistanis must also ask hard questions of their government and intelligence agencies. If agencies were not aware of his presence so close to Islamabad, then the intelligence leadership should be sacked for incompetence, and if they were keeping him hidden, then they should be held accountable for treason against their own country.

Either way, Osama’s presence in the heart–it seems he was there for a long time–of Pakistan means that something fishy was going on. And now is the time to ask our spymasters a simple question: how many more terrorists and murders are you harboring in our country and for what purpose?

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  5 comments for “Osama Killed: In a House in Abbottabad

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    I. Miller
    May 2, 2011 at 1:56 am

    It really is hard to imagine they didn’t know. I remember that Tariq Ali recounted, in The Duel, a conversation with some one high in the intel establishment indicating that yes they new.

  2. Andrew T.
    May 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Great piece, Masood; totally on point. I heard something on NPR to the effect that some military and/or intelligence officials in Pakistan may have been motivated to protect Bin Laden in order to keep financial assistance from the US flowing into the Pakistani security services. Thoughts…?

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