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Bin Laden Raid Sparks Rare Criticism In Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Outraged Pakistanis are calling for top government officials to resign following the daring American helicopter raid that killed Osama bin Laden and embarrassed the
nation.

Some of the sharpest language is being directed at the army and intelligence chiefs, a rare challenge to arguably the two most powerful men in the country. The Pakistani army says it had no idea bin Laden was hiding for up to six years in Abbottabad, an army town only two and a half hours' drive from the capital, Islamabad. U.S. officials are expressing skepticism
about that claim.

But many Pakistanis are more incensed by the fact that the country's military was powerless to stop the American raid. In contrast, former Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood
Qureshi, is fixing the blame squarely on President Asif Ali Zardari and
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani -- likely motivated in part by past conflict with the two men.

      
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