Pakistan’s prime minister has defended his country’s failure to spot Osama bin Laden hiding out in a luxury compound near Islamabad, saying the whole world was to blame for any intelligence failure.
Pakistan is under pressure from the West to explain how bin Laden lived for several years in a military garrison town near the Pakistani capital without its intelligence finding out.
“There is an intelligence failure of the whole world, not just Pakistan alone,” Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani told reporters in Paris yesterday.
“Certainly we have intelligence sharing with the rest of the world, including the United States, so if somebody points out that there are ... lapses from the Pakistan side, that means there are lapses from the whole world,” he said.
Gilani said Pakistan had paid a heavy price for its involvement in the U.S.-led “war on terrorism,” with more than 30,000 Pakistanis killed since fighting in Afghanistan began.