Pakistan did not help hide bin Laden
April 18th, 2012
07:03 PM ET

Pakistan did not help hide bin Laden

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.

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  9. Nick

    Bad headline. They make it sound like a fact, when it is only what someone is saying.

    April 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  10. rk

    since when does anyone believe what any paki says....

    April 19, 2012 at 11:35 am | Reply
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      Must be from India.

      April 19, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
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  12. Phil in Oregon

    The Pak's have a much prettier foreign minister than we do.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  13. Anjaan

    Oh yeh ..... Pakistan did not know Dr. AQ Khan was running his nuke walmart ......... Pakistan did not know Osama was living within Military contonment area for nearly six years ...... who are they trying to kid ? ................ and the most disgusting part is that (1) there is not a word from the European NATO nations and also Japan, and (2) far from declaring Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, the US State Dept. is buying all these load of crap and providing cover for this non-NATO ally .. !

    April 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Reply
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    Pakistan, while a nuclear nation, ie far less influential than Israel.

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  15. Sanjay

    The Pakistani Foreign Minister reminds me of the Iraqi Information Minister during the invasion of Iraq.

    Heh, Pakistan wasn't complicit in hiding Bin Laden. Pakistan wasn't complicit in creating and arming the Taliban. Pakistan wasn't complicit in supporting the Taliban after the US invasion. Pakistan just sits around and twiddles its thumbs while whistling innocently.

    This is what happens when rogues are allowed to get their hands on nuclear weapons. They will just say whatever they want with a straight face. Likewise, North Korea wasn't complicit in sinking the Cheonan.

    By aligning with Pakistan to defeat the Soviet Union, the United States has only moved from the frying pan into the fire.
    At least the Soviets never flew airliners into skyscrapers.

    April 18, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
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      15 Saudis, 1 Lebanese, 1 Egyptian and 2 from the United Arab Emirates.

      None from Pakistan. Sorry.

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