Pakistani Leader: 'We Did Not Hide Bin Laden' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Pakistani Leader: 'We Did Not Hide Bin Laden'

ISLAMABAD — The killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces was not a joint operation with Pakistan, the president of Pakistan said in an opinion column published late Monday.

President Asif Ali Zardari, writing in the Washington Post, also dismissed any notion that Pakistan had failed to take action against militants on its territory.

Zardari said the whereabouts of the al-Qaida leader, killed in a town some two hours north of Islamabad, were not known to the Pakistani authorities.

"He was not anywhere we had anticipated he would be, but now he is gone," he wrote.

"Although the events of Sunday were not a joint operation, a decade of cooperation and partnership between the United States and Pakistan led up to the elimination of Osama bin Laden as a continuing threat to the civilized world."

The Pakistani leader said it was simply untrue to suggest that his country, as badly hit as any by bin Laden and his militants with 30,000 civilian deaths, was sluggish or unwilling to track down activists.

Even within hours of the operation that killed bin Laden, U.S. lawmakers were asking how he had been able to live in a populated area of Pakistan without anyone in authority knowing about it, possibly for years. Some said it was time to review the billions in aid the United States provides Pakistan.

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