Washington, Dec 25 (TruthDive): Pakistani military had harboured al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden with the knowledge of former president General Pervez Musharraf, former Army Chief General Ziauddin Butt has said.
An article on the Jamestown Foundation website, which cited Butt, said that despite denials, evidence is emerging that “elements within the Pakistani military harboured Osama with the knowledge of Musharraf and Kayani”. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is the current Army Chief.
Ziauddin Butt, a former Army Chief, told a conference on Pakistani-US ties in October 2011 that according to his knowledge, then director general of Intelligence Bureau, Brigadier (retd.) Ijaz Shah had “kept Osama bin Laden in an Intelligence Bureau safe house in Abbottabad”. The retired general said in the same address that the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) had helped the CIA to track Osama down and kill him.
Osama bin Laden was gunned down May 2 by US commandos who mounted a daring operation using stealth helicopters.
A secret memo seeking Washington’s help reining in the Pakistani military has brought into sharp relief the tensions between Pakistan’s shaky civilian government and its powerful army generals. The resulting scandal threatens Pakistan’s ambassador to the US and perhaps the country’s president.
A few days back, the Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in a public statement has criticized Kayani of trying to overthrow his government.
Prime Minister’s unusual remarks came in the backdrop of tensions between the civilian government and the powerful military over the memogate scandal.
Though Pakistan has a civilian president, the military retains vast political and economic power. It has ruled Pakistan, directly or indirectly, for most of its six-decade existence, and fiercely resisted attempts by civilian leaders to curb its role.
There were reports that Musharraf could not make an entry again into Pakistan. Recently ISI chief came under huge criticism for having got the Arab consent to sack Zardari.
Summing up, no one knows what is happening in Pakistan.