Pakistan’s Yousaf Raza Gilani: “I don’t think Osama bin Laden is in Pakistan.”
Days after British PM Gordon Brown chastised the Pakistani government for failing to capture Osama bin Laden, Pakistan’s prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, claimed that he has yet to see any “credible or actionable intelligence” on bin Laden’s whereabouts. —JCL
The Pakistani prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, today claimed that Osama bin Laden was not in Pakistan – just days after Gordon Brown criticised the Islamabad government for not doing enough to capture the al-Qaida leader.
Bin Laden is widely believed to be sheltering in the north of Pakistan – a belief reiterated by the CIA director, Leon Panetta, over the summer – and on Sunday Brown criticised the Islamabad government for not doing more to track him down.
But quizzed by British journalists at a joint press conference with the UK prime minister in London as to why the al-Qaida leader remained at large, Gilani said the Pakistani administration had not been provided with any “credible or actionable intelligence” as to his whereabouts.
“I don’t think Osama bin Laden is in Pakistan,” he said.