Prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan had not been ‘complicit’ in sheltering Osama bin Laden. In an interview with British media, Gilani said the reason Bin Laden was able to live undetected for so long inside Pakistan was down to a universal ‘intelligence failure’.
Gilani intimated that he didn’t know whether al-Zawahiri was in Pakistan. “If there is any credible information please share it with us, so we can be quick and achieve our targets,” he said.
Asked if Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader, might also be in the country, the prime minister replied: “I don’t know. Please tell us.” The CIA was far more “powerful” than Pakistan’s ISI intelligence service, and would have a better idea, he said.