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Gilani rubbishes allegations that Pakistan hid Bin Laden

Last update - Sunday, May 15, 2011, 16:37 By Metro Éireann

The Prime Minister of Pakistan has announced an investigation into how Osama bin Laden lived apparently undetected in the country for nearly six years.


In an address last week to the country’s parliament, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani rubbished allegations by the international community and the media that Pakistan must been aware Bin Laden was hiding near its military training grounds in Abbottabad.

He also described as “absurd” suggestions that Pakistan is incompetent in the fight against terrorism.

Prime Minister Gilani said the inquiry would leave “no stone unturned” in taking a hard look into the failure of its intelligence. He said his country has a good track record in fighting terrorism.

The prime minister also criticised the US raid that led to the death of America’s most wanted terrorist, describing it as “a violation of sovereignty”. 

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed news of the death of Osama bin Laden. 

“Most people in Ireland remember the terrible scenes in New York City, in Pennsylvania and in Washington on 11 September 2011,” he said “They are, to echo the words of President Obama last night, seared on our memories.”

He added: “Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda network have been the cause of countless other civilian deaths over the past decade, including many terrible atrocities carried out in the Muslim world.

“The removal of Osama bin Laden’s ability to plot heinous acts is a major achievement in the effort to rid the world of the threat of terrorism.”




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