Pakistan's Foreign Minister told CNN International's Christiane Amanpour that her government had "no complicity" in the hiding of Osama bin Laden. Hina Rabbani Khar said in an interview that broadcast Wednesday on "Amanpour" that an extensive investigation has so far found nobody in the government that knew of the Al Qaeda terrorist's hideaway in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Here's the transcript:
KHAR: Christiane, this is a process which is currently ongoing in Pakistan. As it happens, only yesterday, I appeared in front of what we call the Abbottabad Commission, which is looking into the presence of - the unexpected presence of Osama bin Laden in Pakistani territory.
And they are still at it. So I think we have to, from our side, at least, wait for the commission to come out with its analysis, with its report on what happened and how it happened.
AMANPOUR: So let me just ask you a little bit further. You know, obviously, that this commission has been meeting and investigating for months now. And even your own people, particularly your own newspapers, are saying, we need to know who was responsible for facilitating the most wanted man in the world hiding in our country, apparently safely.
Was it ordinary citizens? Was it law enforcement? Was it the military? Can you give us any details? I know the commission is still investigating, but anything you know.
KHAR: Christiane, I think one thing which is beyond doubt by now is - and it's not only coming in from our sources, this is coming in from the many, many sort of volumes of stuff which was taken in from his hideout, that there was no complicity in - on the part of anybody within the Pakistani administration. And when I talk about the Pakistani administration, I talk about the whole of government.
AMANPOUR: Minister, as you know, many in the United States, even in your own country, doubt that very much, that somebody of such a high profile could have existed under the nose of the military, under the nose of the intelligence. You are right, the documents, as yet, do not prove any complicity or point to any. But the question is still out. The jury is still out.
And why do you think the U.S. has such a hard time believing that the most wanted man in the world could somehow be sheltered by ordinary citizens and his own network?
KHAR: I think there will be lessons learned from this. There will be tough lessons learned from this. And this is not something that Pakistan at all is proud of. This is not a legacy that this government wants to leave behind at all.
So I think we are, like the rest of the world, waiting to learn lessons from this, from the presence of Osama bin Laden inside Pakistani territory. But I want to also say that initially in the press, especially in the Western press, there was an impression given that he was living right under the nose of the military academy, for instance.
And I want to clarify that the military academy does not mean military presence in - or hard military presence within that area. A military academy has a - it's like a military school, like any other school, so it doesn't mean that under the nose of the military itself.
But as I said, this is something which concerns us as much as the rest of the world.
We are on the same page on this. And we want to learn from the commission's report as to what happened, how it happened and what are ways and means of we - of us strengthening our intelligence network, what are ways and means of us being able to strengthen the political network and ensure that this type of, you know, thing doesn't happen inside Pakistan anymore.