Supporters of the Pakistani religious party Jamat-e-Islami attend a February rally against Raymond Davis, a U.S. consulate employee suspected in a fatal shooting in Lahore. Davis’ later release was reportedly secured by the U.S. government.
The news of Osama bin Laden’s death came at a time of strain between the U.S. and Pakistan. So how might this huge development affect future relations? Could be too early to tell, but the BBC took a look Monday. —KA
The fact that Osama Bin Laden has apparently been living for years under the nose of the Pakistan military also revives the question that has increasingly dogged the US-led coalition in Afghanistan: Why are we still fighting in Afghanistan when it is Pakistan from where the Taliban insurgency is being directed?
Both the Pakistanis and the US have said Pakistan was not given advance notice of the raid.
The official Pakistan response was low-key, saying only that Osama Bin Laden’s death “constitutes a major setback to terrorist organizations around the world”.