Evidence proves that the Pakistani military gave safe haven to America’s number one enemy, Osama bin Laden. When intelligence services discovered he was in Abbottabad, a raid was planned to capture or kill the al-Qaeda leader. Pakistan is now calling the action an ‘act of war.’ Knowing that Pakistan harbored the cowardly organizer of the attack on ‘911,’ makes them an enemy of the United States.
The report of the Abbottabad Commission makes the false claim that Pakistani officials were unaware that bin Laden had been living near a military base for years.
The raid illustrated Washington’s “contemptuous disregard of Pakistan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity in the arrogant certainty of […] unmatched military might”, the report concluded in its “Findings” section.
The report also criticized the government and military for not securing the country’s borders, and both allowing bin Laden to enter their country unnoticed, (supposedly), and the United States to initiate an attack on Pakistani soil without being detected.
The military was the major focus. When the air force was asked why low-level radar did not detect the American helicopters, they replied that they were in ‘peace time’ mode, and not active on the western border with Afghanistan. Pakistani air force jets were scrambled after U.S. helicopters had left the area.
“There was no pro-active anticipatory policy or policy planning,” the report says, in detailing how the Pakistani military apparently had no contingency plans in place to respond to a unilateral US raid.
The report stated that such a raid by the U.S. was not totally unexpected.
“Is it official or unofficial defense policy not to attempt to defend the country if threatened or even attacked by a military superpower like the US?” the report asks several top military officials, including the chief of the air force and the director-general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Lieutenant-General Ahmed Shuja Pasha who was the director of the ISI at the time of the raid, claims that Pakistan has become weak, and too dependent on the United States.
He said that the case of Bin Laden was one “not so much of specific individual or institutional failure, but [one of] collective and systemic failure”.
Pasha went on to allege that Pakistani society was “deeply penetrated” by US intelligence and other services, quoting a US intelligence officer as having told him: “You are so cheap … we can buy you with a visa, with a visit to the US, even with a dinner … we can buy anyone.”
The report also claims that the ISI ceased its search for Osama bin Laden in 2005 because the United States stopped sharing information with them.
The question must be asked; is this report a cover-up for the intentional hiding of bin Laden. It seems inconceivable that the world’s most hunted man was living in a large compound, in plain sight, and no one knew he was there.
If Pakistan was intentionally harboring bin Laden, they are an enemy, not an ally of the United States.
Alfred James reporting