Pakistan: Gov´t Accepts Mistakes, Denies Cooperation with Bin Laden

Islamabad, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Monday accepted that local intelligence services were incapable of detecting Osama Bin Laden´s presence in this country, but denied that his government was protecting the terrorist.

It was a common intelligence services mistake, but I am sure that Bin Laden was not protected by any governmental agency, Malik told an Arab newspaper.

Malik also ruled out the resignation of any high official of the government or the army, the local press reported on Monday.

Nobody is going to be blamed for this, the 9/11 events in New York were also due to a U.S. intelligence services´ mistake and nobody from its government was required to resign, Malik said.

Pakistani authorities have faced many critics after a U.S. Special Forces command made a raid to kill Bin Laden on May 2 in Abbottabad, 60 kilometers (37,2 miles) north of Islamabad.


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