ISLAMABAD/NEWYORK: Pakistani security officials have termed it as baseless allegation that its Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) had established a special desk to handle late Al-Qaeda chief, Osama Bin Laden.
The New York Times has alleged that Pakistan’s ISI was fully aware of Bin Laden’s whereabouts and that a special desk was created during the tenure of former Pakistan President Gen. (retd) Pervez Musharraf to handle the Al-Qaeda chief.
The desk, according to the US newspaper report, “was operated independently, led by an officer who made his own decisions and did not report to a superior. He handled only one person: Bin Laden.” The paper said the US had direct evidence of the then ISI chief Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha knowing of Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad.
The report also alleged that evidence recovered from Bin Laden’s Abbottabad residence revealed regular correspondence with Jamat-ud-Dawa’s Hafiz Saeed and Mullah Omar of the Taleban who must have known he was living in Pakistan.
Commenting on the allegations, Hafiz Saeed said if there is evidence of his contact with Bin Laden it should be presented, adding that Washington was not happy with peace efforts being carried out in Pakistan.