ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, Army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Joint chief of staff all knew about Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s presence in the country much before the US Navy SEALs killed him in a raid in 2011, Former defence minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar has claimed in in an interview to Indian News Channel CNN-IBN
The country’s former Army Chief and the intelligence agency ISI were aware that Osama bin Laden was living in Abbottabad, according to Former defence minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar all knew that Osama was in Pakistan,
Pakistan government officials have since categorically denied having any prior knowledge of the presence of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad.
Asked if they had prior information in terms of suspicion of the location of the world’s most wanted man, Mr Mukhtar said, “Some people knew, people in the Pakistan army as well as people in the other forces they also knew it and they were on the lookout for somebody of the stature of Osama bin Laden.”
Mr Mukhtar’s admissions come on the heels of investigative reporter Seymour Hersh’s claim that a Pakistani agent had leaked to the US Osama’s Abbottabad hideout address.
Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011 in a raid by the US Navy SEALS.