What Pakistan Said: Reactions to Osama bin Laden’s Assassination
With Pakistan’s role in Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad hideout unclear, the country, its government and its military are under intense scrutiny within its borders — and, perhaps even more, outside of them. Despite mounting speculation, Pakistani officials have been slow to respond, with the military virtually mute on this subject. Read on for a sampling of the responses from a few members of the Pakistani government.
President Asif Ali Zardari: “Although the events of Sunday were not a joint operation, a decade of cooperation and partnership between the United States and Pakistan led up to the elimination of Osama bin Laden as a continuing threat to the civilized world. And we in Pakistan take some satisfaction that our early assistance in identifying an al-Qaeda courier ultimately led to this day.” (via The Washington Post)
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani: “We will not allow our soil to be used against any other country for terrorism and therefore I think it’s a great victory, it’s a success and I congratulate the success of this operation.” (via The Economic Times)
Former President Pervez Musharraf: (via Star News)
Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani: