"No differences between the government and ISI or army leadership"
ISLAMABAD - In a much-awaited speech on Monday, Pakistani Prime Minister defended country's spy agency, Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), and questioned the making of Osama Bin Laden and his terror network.
The Prime Minister in his speech to the parliament, which came after series of meetings with the President, and the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, said that Osama's hideout in serene Abbottabad city is not the intelligence failure of ISI one, but the whole world.
"Allegations of complicity or incompetence are absurd," said Prime Minister Gilani, adding that it was disingenuous for anyone to accuse Pakistan or even ISI of being in cahoots with Al-Qaeda network. He, defending country's spy agency, said that Pakistan did not invent Osama. "Who is responsible for Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden? It is necessary to recollect past", he said, adding, "Pakistan is not the birthplace of Al-Qaeda". With a pinch of salt the Premier recollected the Afghan Jihad and the making of Taliban against Soviet Union,saying, 'It is a bygone story now but important to be recalled back'. It is pertinent to mention here that ISI with the help of CIA organized Afghan fighters into Taliban group.
The American weapons' supplies and aid was vital during the 1980s Afghan Jihad. Prime Minister Gilani said that Osama was the most-wanted criminal and enemy number one of the peaceful world. Referring to his killing, he said that justice is being done. However, he cautioned US, "We are not naive to declare victory". He dispelled the impression that armed forces and government institutions are not on same pages "no one should be in confusion that there are differences between the government and the ISI or Pakistan army leadership". "We are a proud nation", said Prime Minister Gilani. (KUNA)