US asks: Did Pakistan help Bin Laden?
Tue, 03 May 2011 02:28:40 GMT
Pressure is mounting on Pakistan to explain how Osama bin Laden had managed to hide out in a compound near a Pakistani military base in Abbottabad for several years.
White House Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan said on Monday that the US government is seeking an answer from Pakistani officials, Reuters reported.
He went on to say that there are questions about whether Pakistan helped hide Bin Laden, adding, "We are looking right now at how he was able to hold out there for so long and whether or not there was any type of support system within Pakistan that allowed him to stay there.”
"We will pursue all leads to find out exactly what type of support system and benefactors that Bin Laden would have had," he said.
Brennan stated, "It is inconceivable that Bin Laden did not have a support system in the country to allow him to stay there for an extended period of time.”
US lawmakers also urged Pakistan to prove it did not know that the world's most wanted man was living in a mansion in Abbottabad, an affluent neighborhood near the capital Islamabad popular among retired Pakistani generals.
Abbottabad named after Gen. Sir James Abbott, who was a senior military official in the British Raj is a hillside retreat close enough to Islamabad to be a popular tourist getaway. It is located in a scenic valley surrounded by spectacular mountains.
US Senator Joe Lieberman, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said that Pakistan would come under “real pressure… to basically prove to us that they didn't know that bin Laden was there.”