Pakistan army rejects bin Laden report

2011-06-24 22:15

Islamabad - The Pakistan army condemned on Friday a report in the New York Times that a cell phone found in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contained contacts to a militant group with ties to Pakistan's intelligence agency.

The newspaper, citing senior US officials briefed on the findings, reported on Thursday that the discovery indicated that bin Laden used the group, Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen, as part of his support network inside Pakistan.

The cell phone belonged to bin Laden's courier, who was killed along with the al-Qaeda leader in the May 2 raid by US special forces on bin Laden's compound in the garrison town of Abbottabad, the Times said.

Pakistan army spokesperson Major General Athar Abbas said in a statement sent by text message that the military "rejects the insinuations made in the NYT story".

"It is part of a well orchestrated smear campaign against our security organisations," he said.

The army has been angered by media reports that elements in the Pakistani security establishment may have helped bin Laden hide in Pakistan.

"Pakistan, its security forces have suffered the most at the hands of al-Qaeda and have delivered the most against al-Qaeda; our actions on the ground speak louder than the words of the Times," Abbas said.

In tracing calls on the cell phone, US analysts determined that Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen commanders had called Pakistani intelligence officials, the Times reported, citing the senior American officials.

The officials added the contacts were not necessarily about bin Laden and his protection and that there was no "smoking gun" showing that Pakistan's spy agency had protected bin Laden.

  • DAB - 2011-06-25 12:18

    How do you know when Pakistan is telling lies? They open their mouths!

  • Mr D - 2011-06-25 13:50

    U cant trust the voken Pankies...US get the voken hell out of there and go home and when u want to do something send the B52's,B1B's, and bomb them into the stoneage...

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-26 11:00

      Mr D they already in stone age - Pakistan was once part of india until the violent muslims decided they wanted to split from india - look at india today is a technology/financial power house and region superpower - look at pakistan - wot good comes from there except hatred and evil?

  • Riaan - 2011-06-25 14:43

    DAB you are dead on with that remark. Pakistan knew very well that Osama Bin Laden was hiding in their country. America did the right thing not to tell the Pakies that they were going to take him out. He would have been warned by his Paki gabas and would have been long gone when the Americans arrived

  • zebracobra - 2011-06-26 09:25

    MUlla Omar surely in Pakistan next to nuclear bomb area for maximum security.

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