Recent news reports out of Australia suggest that a retired Pakistani Army General Brigadier Ijaz Shah and General Pervez Musharraf secretly had a hand in harbouring Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad for years.
This at the same time the U.S. was busy hunting him in all the wrong place and spending billions in military and economic aid to Pakistan.
“I fully believe that Ijaz Shah had kept this man [Osama bin Laden, in Abbottabad] with the full knowledge of Pervez Musharraf” (see video: Did Musharraf know of Osama’s whereabouts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdRrcSxxtdk ).
In a separate interview, the man making the allegations against Shah, General Ziauddin Butt, the former head of Pakistan’s main spy agency, the directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI, said the Abbottabad compound, where Osama was hiding was actually “built to bin Laden’s specifications on Brigadier Shah’s orders” (see article: Guess who came to dinner? He was a spy for Pakistan and allegedly harboured Bin Laden http://www.smh.com.au/national/guess-who-came-to-dinner-he-was-a-spy-for-pakistan-and-allegedly-harboured-bin-laden-20120708-21p0y.html#ixzz20EV4hfdR ).
If true it means the United States was played for a fool.
The article also makes mention of another man who apparently agrees with General’s Butt’s conclusions in this matter, which is quite interesting.
His name is Arif Jamal.
Jamal is a self professed “Islamist terrorism expert and author”, who is in agreement with General Butt’s conclusions.
He had this to say:
“Ijaz Shah was very powerful when Musharraf was in power, and it makes sense that he knew (of bin Laden’s whereabouts). But I don’t buy the theory that only the Intelligence Bureau was taking care of Osama bin Laden. Other people in the military were also involved. I think a dozen or so very senior people knew”, Jamal said.
Jamal points that others inside the military must have knowledge of the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, including former President Musharraf.
“I think Musharraf had to have known. The Pakistan army is a very well-ordered army, there is a chain of command, I don’t think it would have been possible without his knowledge”, Jamal added.
This is somewhat disputed by high ranking U.S. officials who seem genuinely confused as to who knew what in Pakistan (see video: Secretary Gates: Somebody in Pakistan Knew Whereabouts of Bin Laden http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkUhYTcynr4 ).
One fact not in dispute in all this is that Osama Bin Laden was found and killed in Pakistan…
For me that is reason enough to suspect the someone inside the Pakistani government knew something.
Who exactly that was is still very much a matter of some debate for some in Pakistan.