NY Times alleges Musharraf, Pasha of hiding Bin Laden deliberately, Pakistan denies
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani security institutions have turned down the report of New York (NY) Times entirely, in which it claimed that Pakistan had deliberately kept Osama Bin Laden under cover, while US and NATO forces were chasing him in every nook and cranny – ARY News reports.
According to details, NY Times claimed the former President of Pakistan, General (R) Pervez Musharraf had formed a special desk of the superior most intelligence agency of Pakistan, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), for the purpose of keeping a cover over Bin Laden.
The security institutions of Pakistan have strongly denied the news and labeled it a report based on baseless allegations. It was told that none of the security related figures and institutions were aware of Osama's presence in Pakistan.
The NY Times journalist who wrote this report, Carlotta Gall was exiled from Pakistan after being involved in unwanted and offensive activities in Quetta and she was restricted from visiting Pakistan again.
Pakistani security institutions stated that Carlotta Gall's report is based upon her personal resentment.
The NY Times claimed that General (R) Pervez Musharraf formed a special desk of ISI to safeguard Osama Bin Laden.
The report also mentioned that former DG ISI, General Ahmed Shuja Pasha was also aware of Osama's location in Pakistan.
Osama bin Laden, the founder and head of the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda, was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, by US Navy SEALs. The operation, code-named Operation Neptune Spear, was carried out under a CIA-led operation.
In addition to US Navy SEALs, participating units included the U.S. Army Special Operations Command's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and CIA operatives.
The raid on Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was launched from Afghanistan.
After the raid, U.S. forces took Bin Laden's body to Afghanistan for identification, then buried it at sea within 24 hours of his death.