News / Asia

Pakistan Criticizes US Raid, Defends Record on Terrorism

Osama bin Laden compound in Pakistan that was raided by US troops
Osama bin Laden compound in Pakistan that was raided by US troops
TEXT SIZE - +

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday sharply criticized the U.S. operation that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in the the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.

The criticism came as Pakistan's president denied allegations that his country is not actively pursuing terrorists.

A foreign ministry statement said the operation was carried out without the knowledge or authorization of Islamabad. The statement also said the country's intelligence service, the ISI, had been sharing information about bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and "other friendly intelligence agencies" since 2009.

Writing in the Washington Post newspaper on Tuesday, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari defended his government's record fighting terrorists, saying that while the killing of al-Qaida leader was not a joint operation between the United States and Pakistan, Pakistan helped to identify the al-Qaida courier whose trail led U.S. intelligence officials to bin Laden's hideout.

Raw footage of the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed:



There is growing criticism of Pakistan in the U.S. Congress, with calls for an investigation into how the world's most wanted terrorist was able to go unnoticed in Abbottabad, a city that has a large military presence and is home to Pakistan's military academy.  

Questions are also being raised in Pakistan concerning what the government knew about the mission to kill bin Laden. Opposition politician Haroon Akhtar says Mr. Zardari's government is keeping quiet because of fears of retaliation by extremists.  

"There is no way that I can believe that in this country four helicopters can come and jam our radar and we do not know about it then President Obama calls our President and says 'thank you very much we came in and we killed so many people”' That has not happened. It is the repercussions which we are afraid of and that is why we are quiet. That is why we don’t want to bore into the details," Akhtar said.

Many Pakistani's are angry and embarrassed over what they consider a violation of their sovereignty, and tensions are high across Pakistan following the raid.  On Tuesday the U.S. reopened its embassy in Islamabad and its consulate in Karachi, but consulates in Peshawar and Lahore remain closed due to security concerns.

Photos of world reaction to bin Laden's death

The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grossman, who was in Islamabad as part of previously scheduled tri-lateral talks between the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan, said the death of bin Laden benefits all three countries.  

"The three countries that are here share the commitment to an end to violent extremism and the three countries that are represented here consider that the end of Osama bin Laden on Monday was a shared achievement of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States," Grossman said.

But now that Osama bin Laden has been killed some Pakistanis are calling for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, saying the reason for U.S. involvement there has been eliminated.  U.S. officials dismiss the suggestion, saying  U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan to assist the Afghan government until it can stand on its own to defeat the Taliban.  But Ibrahim Khan, a member of the Pakistani parliament, is adamant that the time has come for the U.S. to quit Afghanistan.  

"The America has achieved its target, the elimination of Osama bin Laden was the target placed by America for itself. And after achieving this target now is the time for America to quit Afghanistan. There is no justification for America to stay in Afghanistan anymore," Khan said.

The conduct of the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan is extremely unpopular in Pakistan, especially the use of drone strikes to kill militants across the border in Pakistan. And there is concern here that terrorists will take revenge against Pakistanis for bin Laden's death.

In his piece for the Washington Post, President Zadari noted that the Taliban issued threats against him and his government shortly after the killing of Osama bin Laden. He said Pakistan will not be "intimidated" and declared that "the war on terrorism is as much Pakistan's war as it is America's."

You May Like

Multimedia Anti-Keystone XL Protests Continue

Demonstrators are worried about pipeline's effect on climate change, their traditional way of life, health and safety More

Thailand's Political Power Struggle Continues

Court gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defense over abuse of power charges but uncertainty remains over election timing More

Malaysia Plane Search Tests Limits of Ocean Mapping Technology

Expert tells VOA existing equipment’s maximum operating depth is around 6 kilometers as operation continues on ocean bed for any trace of MH370 More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Messagei
X
Penelope Poulou
April 22, 2014 5:53 PM
Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Message

Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pro-Russian Separatists Plan 'Federalization Referendum' in Eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say they plan to move forward next month with a referendum vote for greater autonomy, despite the Geneva agreement reached with Russia, the U.S. and Ukraine to end the political conflict. VOA's Brian Padden reports from the city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video International Students Learn Film Production in World's Movie Capital

Hollywood - which is part of Los Angeles - is the movie capital of the world, and many aspiring filmmakers go there in hopes of breaking into the movie business. Mike O'Sullivan reports that regional universities are also a magnet for students who hope to become producers or directors.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid