ISI chief knew about Osama presence: NYT
KABUL (Pajhwok): A former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief was aware of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan before the world’s most wanted man was killed in a US military operation, an American newspaper reported on Wednesday.
In an excerpt from British journalist Carlotta Gall’s upcoming book “The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014”, The New York Times said a special desk was operated independently, led by an officer who made his own decisions, to handle Osama.
The United States had direct evidence of the ISI head knowing Osama’s presence in the northwestern garrison city of Abbottabad. “He (Pasha) knew of Osama’s whereabouts, yes,” a Pakistani official was quoted as saying.
Ex-president Gen. ® Pervez Musharraf was involved in the conspiracy to remove Benazir Bhutto from power, according to the newspaper. Ziaddun Butt, a retired general, told NYT he believed Musharraf had arranged to shelter Osama.
In her article, Carlotta Gall wrote: "The information came from a senior US official, and I guessed that the Americans had intercepted a phone call of Pasha's or one about him in the days after the raid."
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