Killing Osama

Yasmeen Ali   This is a PAKPOTPOURRI EXCLUSIVE

All hell broke loose in Pakistan when early morning flashed the breaking news of the decade that Osama Bin Laden was finally killed in a military operation in Abbotabad, Pakistan. Report by Andrew Buncombe and Omar Waraich for The Independent UK dated 2nd May 2011 states,”Officials briefing in Washington told the Associated Press that a small team of special forces troops killed Bin Laden in a firefight on Sunday in the town of Abbottabad and took custody of his remains. American officials were quick to stress they were being handled in accordance with Islamic tradition. They are also performing DNA tests on his remains to confirm his identity”. The report goes on to say, 

“President Obama said he ordered the operation after receiving undisclosed intelligence information. Senior administration officials said Bin Laden was found inside a custom-built compound with two security gates. They said it appeared to have been constructed to harbour one high-value target and that for undisclosed reasons, officials became convinced that it was that of Bin Laden”.

The reaction in Pakistan is massive. There is general disbelief at the news. Some say this is in fact the justification to the drone policy by USA in Pakistan, killing thousands of innocent women, children and senior citizens in a desire to hit the target. Some state that with the up coming US elections the justification of continuing Bush policy by Obama stands vindicated and gives the Democrats a new lease of life.

Others state that no body is shown on media, but a picture of the face of Osama Bin Laden is shown only, which may or may not be a fresh one. Washington Post reported that he has been “buried at sea”. According to a US official, he was buried at sea because finding a country to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted terrorist would have been difficult.

 I got a mail from a friend,” Sounds fishy! So, there is no proof that he was killed, it’s just their word!!! How convenient! “.

The fact of the matter is, with this declaration by USA, an increasingly embarrassing situation is emerging for Pakistan. The impression created by the news given out was that this was an operation conducted by the USA  Military. If this is true, the ugly question that has already reared it’s head, is how can Pakistan’s own intelligence be sublimely unaware of the proposed operation? If they were not taken in confidence, it will effect relationships with the military and the security, still reeling under the impact of the Raymond Davis case. Assuming it was not unaware, how can the Government allow a foreign country to conduct operations within Pakistan’s borders? Does this not mean, that similar like attacks may be conducted by a nation(s) fearing one hunted within the borders of Pakistan? Does acceptance of the action, pave way for future attacks too?

Or, it is that the Government fears a huge backlash from Al-Qaeda were it to openly claim and admit playing a good part in nabbing the target? In either case, Pakistan is placed in a hugely volatile situation & a future bleak in terms of security. 

Many other questions emerge; how could Osama have managed to live in quite a populated city in a compound where the Government is quite in control, for at least many months? This question is also asked by Declan Walsh in his report in The Guardian. He furthers goes on to state,” In the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, one western diplomat described the news as a “game changer” – not just for al-Qaida, but also for US foreign policy in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a region embroiled in turmoil and violence since 2001.” The same sentiments are being reflected by the Pakistanis ever since the news broke out.

Will the killing of Osama signify a “win” to the USA thereby paving the way to an exit strategy, eventually, from Afghanistan?  Or conversely, it further entrenches USA in the region with a renewed vow to weed out other militants as “Al-Qaida will find it difficult after Osama’s death to regroup” as is being claimed by USA? Moin Ansari, a Pakistan born political analyst, Moderator of his blog RUPPEE NEWS, states in his article,” Al-Qaeda is no longer a threat to the US, and the decapitation of its leader will herald the Post-OBL era. This will give impetus to the US to leave Afghanistan, and expedite the exit”.

Where as, David Swanson, writing for War is a Crime.org in an article titled “Killing Resolves Nothing”, states,” Killing will lead only to more killing. There will be no review of bin Laden’s alleged crimes, as a trial would have provided. There will be no review of earlier U.S. support for Bin Laden. There will be no review of U.S. failures to prevent the September 11th attacks. Instead, there will be bitterness, hatred, and more violence, with the message being communicated to all sides that might makes right and murder is the way in which someone is, in President Obama’s words, brought to justice”.  

So far as the average Pakistani is concerned, the operation has dawned horrible implications for them. The question resounding off the walls is, how far has the CIA in cursed in their country?  The statement that the Operation was “intelligence driven” and was “conducted by US forces in accordance with declared policy of US”, has only resulted in creating panic in Pakistan. The common man wants to know, what is the understanding between the two countries,  that allowed the USA Military to carry out the operation in “accordance with the declared policy”.

Another question that surfaces is, how will this development impact the already strained relationship between Pakistan and USA? Should Pakistan continue being an “ally” in this war, where, at the end of the day, Pakistan gets a black name in the bargain? According to Imran Khan, Twitter Alert: Reactions to Osama Bin Laden’s death, (Express Tribune 2nd May 2011), “Pakistan should get out of this war now…….as Pakistan Tribals never involved in international terrorism”. Sherbano Taseer, daughter of slain Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, states.” Salmaan Taseer used to always say Osama has been dead for a long time –they’ll produce him when they need to!”

What the backlash from this development will be, on Pakistan, as most suspect, only time will tell!

 

(The Writer is a lawyer, she teaches in a private university in Lahore, Pakistan).



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  • Anjum  On May 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Dear YAA thats very nice and comprehensive account on the Matter, and I too subscribe to most of the contents,
    Anjum

    • Abbas  On May 3, 2011 at 4:56 am

      nice and comprehensive article

  • Terrie  On May 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I read that this photo is a fake. It certainly looks like him. I wonder.

  • Yvonne Ridley  On May 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    salaams,

    of course that picture is a fake, for starters.
    Some people are saying he had been in Abbottabad for less than two weeks.

    But the main question, from a Pakistani perspective is: How do you feel about the US military conducting such a raid in your country with no legal, sovereign or moral authority?

    I’m absolutely gobsmacked that they think they can do this and getaway with it. How long are you going to let the US use your country as a playground?

    yvonne

  • Majyd Aziz  On May 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Great

    MAJYD AZIZ

  • Shaheen  On May 2, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Election stunt…no kidney patient could last this loooong ! gimick

  • Yvonne Ridley  On May 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I’m not a medical expert, but it would not be impossible to have kept the body in deep storage for sometime before choosing an opportune moment and creating a script to go with it.

    They could have got the body from afghanistan and planted it in pakistan so they can move their war on terror from a’stan into pakistan proper. the Americans, i believe, have cut a deal with india, to remove Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities or control it.

    what better way than to create this fantastic story and put all the blame/onus on Pakistan.

    this could be utter and complete bull but one has to ask why did they bury the evidence?

    Remember this is a country which took NATO and its allies to war in iraq on a big, fat lie

    arab and asian blood is cheap

    yvonne

    • Hamid  On May 2, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      Yvonne. This bum was dead ages back. Let’s not portray a realistic picture of a drama that, took place today. US would have loved to put the hair of his a… on display if it was real. Flowing his body in the sea (un islamic)or unintelligibly burying his body in the sea is stupid. Come let me take you to his grave since 2002 or 01. You may if you desire offer fatheha. Which world are we living in?
      HQ

  • RAF  On May 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    A good write up. But, there is more to it ‘I think’

    RAF

  • Zofeen T. Ibrahim  On May 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Excellent piece Yasmeen!!!!

  • John Bose  On May 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Osama bin laden death, Thanks GOD that he died he did not get the punishment here for his acts but I am Sure GOD give him the punishment rest of his life . Why God gave him the punishment ? oama bin laden was not caught alive by the Americans, I wonder If this is GOD plan no to captured by the American or any other GOD has Paln to punish him, I am very happy to see this cold blooded killer died .Hope people of Pakistan will feel secure now than before One thing for osman bin laden he should know (KHUDHA KI LATHI MEIN AWAZ NEI)

  • Saqib  On May 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Good read!

  • Adeel  On May 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Sovereignty ?
    What Sovereignty ?
    Since we allowed Drone attacks and over 300 contractors to roam the streets, we lost that.
    No use crying over something we gave up some time ago

    Adeel

  • A.L  On May 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Hello Yasmeen,

    Thank you for this.

    Do they really think they are going to convince anyone with this? Mayday weekend, following the royal wedding?

    According to the FBI, bin Laden isn’t even on their Most-Wanted list.

    Dreadful!

  • Javaid Haider  On May 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    it took america 10 years to get to him. i personally feel that the war on terror will continue. there will be someone to replace osama. perhaps al qaeda will lie low for a while and then strike. but there are more serious questions that need to be answered. osama was in the middle of a cantonment area. the army never knew of his presence?! americans came in their helicopters, one of which crashed, and our guardians of the frontier never felt anything was amiss? i have serious misgivings about the abilities of our military. and this is soon after DG ISI’s vi

  • Kamal Khan  On May 2, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I am sorry TO PUT A DAMPER ON ALL THIS BUT

    “The theory runs that an ailing Bin Laden, struggling to keep up the dialysis treatments he needed for his kidney disease, succumbed to his ill health and passed away peacefully before being buried within 24 hours in the Afghan mountains.
    His “death” was reported in the Pakistan Observer shortly before Christmas 2001, and picked up by Fox and other American news networks on Boxing Day. They quoted an unnamed Taliban commander confirming Bin Laden’s death and funeral.
    World leaders from Pakistan’s President Musharaf to US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld speculated that Bin Laden could be dead.
    But within a year another Bin Laden tape surfaced, again showing a different looking and sounding Osama, who theorists claim was an obvious fake used to justify the US War on Terror. ”

    Osama Bin Laden has been dead since Dec 13, 2003 …..
    DO NOT BELIEVE THE LIES BY THE U.S.A. as the person is definately Not Osama
    Bin Laden (Poor Chap who ever he is).. USA is capable to stoop so low…

    Kamal Khan

  • Gerda  On May 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Agree with David Swanson: he should have been brought to court instead of being killed. Not an American court, but the International Court of Justice at the Hague. But then Americans do not recognize the Hague …

  • Munir  On May 2, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    YAA,

    I agree with you that this is bad news for Pakistan.

    The developments in Pakistan after Davis case were pointing towards something, a question mark. Drone attacks, Sit in protest organised by PTI, and soon after this OBL drama.

    Most noticeable is the shift in Obama’s statements. First statement categorically mentions Pakistan’s cooperation. Within hours, the operation becomes solely an American one, later Pakistan Authorities “had no information” and still further by the evening: “Pakistan could not be trusted”.

    American media is blasting off with anti-Pakistan rhetoric, trying to create an impression that the air space can be intruded easily without being detected by country’s ISI, air force or the radar system. Which means the nuclear facility is unsafe!!! Earlier this has been the same media and Americans who had confirmed that Pakistan Nuclear facility is safe etc etc.

    To me this broadside attack is on the ISI and the army, to bring a bad name to these institutions. But the way this counter attack was conducted by the CIA and the way media is handling it will become an embarrassment for Obama. But we never know, such dramas are very well received by the American public.

    There is another angle to this, where Pakistan (ISI, army and political government included) will come out safe after this OBL drama. Because this marks the end of another chapter which was initiated by the USA in its New World Order policy in this region.

    MAV

  • Peter Chamberlain  On May 3, 2011 at 1:30 am

    The United States, in 2011, is in a strange, sad state. The people stand (or sit), sick and divided, despairing over the fact that we cannot force logic upon our friends and relatives, seeing them wallow in the nothingness of political delusion. Half of the people believe in the official national narrative being spoon-fed to us daily by Washington. The other half is certain that the “official version” of all recent key historical events is a lie, intended to mislead the misinformed American people into going along passively with the great national lie.

    The strangeness of the moment in time, which may finally entomb the entire race, is compounded by the great reversal in the narrative, which Barack Obama is forcing upon us. He has moved in secret, so as to create the deceptive appearance of separation between his administration and the revolutionaries, insurgents and terrorists who are reversing the narrative in the oil regions. He is covertly deploying the assets prepared by the Bush Administration to carry-out the next phase of the American “war of aggression.” (The war that was allegedly begun as a defensive war has long been exposed to be an unending resource war of aggression.) It is becoming apparent that the “war” has a strong element of political warfare, fought by both violent and non-violent means.

    North African and Middle Eastern, radical activists have been carefully selected by CIA behavioral technicians, who have brought selected radicals who demonstrated great leadership potential, to the United States for special training in political agitation by State Dept. NGOs (“non-governmental organizations”), before being returned to their homelands with essential electronic gear and funding, to carry-out the destabilizing skills that they have been taught. The “Arab spring” movement, war on Libya, support of Bahraini repression, the coming Pakistani double-cross, as well as a possible double-cross of both sides of the Israel/Palestinian issue—all of these simultaneous events are key elements of Obama’s great reversal of the national narrative. The alleged killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan at this precise time is intended to “flip” the opinions of the American majority, so that they will support a new war against Pakistan, our old ally.

    The theme of the reversal is the “genius of Obama.” This gambit is an attempt to repair Obama’s image, after he has exposed himself to be a slimier carbon copy of George Bush. It is a carefully choreographed psychological warfare operation, intended to capture the minds of the unbelievers—to convince the misinformed American masses that our government is doing the right things in the world, instead of their exact opposites. Our government is in the business of creating and multiplying evil, and all the people of the world, except for Americans, understand this fact.

    The great national narrative that keeps so many of us deceived and delusional makes the unsubstantiated claim that we are at war with international terrorism, even though the opposite of this statement is closer to the truth—our government has created most of the militant groups that are called “terrorists” today, even the infamous “al-Qaeda.” We armed and organized the “mujahedeen” who fought the Soviets in Afghanistan, then allegedly cutting-off their supplies and funding after the Russians pulled-out. These fighters then merged with volunteers from local religious schools (madrassas), who called themselves “Taliban” (the translation for “students”).

    Despite the government claim that the CIA abandoned the mujahedeen before they became the Taliban, thousands of recruits from this same group were drafted to fight a series of covert wars for the CIA, stretching from Bosnia, to Chechnya, to Egypt and Libya, and beyond.

    The truth about the American terror war is that it is a clean-up operation, eliminating the leadership and foot-soldiers we have hired and trained to fight for us in these covert wars. It is only half-true, that we are cleaning-up the mess that we have created in using radical militants as elements of American foreign policy—we are still using many of those same militants to conduct America’s secret policies in Libya, Iraq and in Russia, among other targeted states.

    In Obama’s great reversal, we sometimes claim to fight against our old “al-Qaeda” militants, other times, the connections between us are revealed. This contradiction is the Achilles’ heel of the national program of psychological warfare aimed at the American people and the rest of humanity. How we exploit this contradiction to the advantage of the beleaguered human race, is a question that remains unanswered. Our great hope is that sanity will prevail when the great push is on to invade Pakistan, since they have been caught red-handed by the Abbotabad raid, as the protectors of bin Laden and his gang.

    It is highly unlikely that anything we can do will penetrate the American blood-lust now being celebrated at the alleged killing of Osama bin Laden, but there is a chance that the “official story” about bin Laden’s killing and disposal at sea, that is being supplemented by the photoshop image of the allegedly freshly killed bin Laden will inspire more people to question the line of garbage being fed us. After the dust settles from whatever is planned next, perhaps more people will recall these new lies in the chain of constant lies that have led us from one war to the next war.

    Whatever happens next, perhaps it will be so morally outrageous that it will, at least, derail the lying Barack Obama, denying him a second term.

  • Shahid  On May 3, 2011 at 2:01 am

    WELL WRITTEN.THE EMPHASIS ON WATCHING THE PUBLIC REACTION IS CORRECT.PROBABLY THERE WILL BE NO MAJOR BACKLASH (SIMILAR TO ZABS’ EXECUTION).MAINLY DUE TO THE ECONOMIC BURDEN THE COMMON MAN IS CONFRONTING TODAY.BUT,POSSIBILITY OF SOME GROUPS TO CREATE A “SITUATION” FOR THE GOVERNMENT,CANNOT BE RULED OUT.
    SR.

  • Nadeem  On May 3, 2011 at 3:59 am

    The views from both sides of the ‘great divide’, i.e., YAA and Peter Chamberlain, are very reasonable. It is very hard for me to ‘buy the story’ of this raid on its face value.

    Looking at it from the U.S. heartland, I worry about what this nation has in store for Pakistan.

    NK

  • Terrie  On May 3, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Remember that Bin Laden said he would never be taken alive? He was using his own wife as a human shield, while shooting at the Navy Seals. Did they really have a choice? Why are we never satisfied? Obama said in 2008 during the presidential campaign , that he would find Bin Laden and kill him. That’s what he promised, that’s what he did. Next question.

  • Jose  On May 3, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Certainly Osama had ties to the CIA back in the ’80s. I don’t think that it was a secret. Sure, a trial may have lead to embarrassing facts for the U.S. But then again it could have been a closed courtroom. I think the best option was to shoot and kill him in the spot and avoid a circus type trial.
    The next question is – did Pakistani leadership purposely protect Osama while taking U.S. Money? Money that was to be used for weeding out al quaida.

  • Terrie  On May 3, 2011 at 4:32 am

    That’s a good question, Jose.

  • Muhammad Khan  On May 3, 2011 at 4:37 am

    sub jhot hay ….they played Osama card to quit Afg

  • Syed Ataur Rahman  On May 3, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Osama Bin Laden has been long dead. He was killed by US bombardment and US Special Forces operations at Tora Bora a long time back. And if he survived that, his failing liver would have killed him for certain. So he had no chance to live. USA used him against the Soviet Union as its operative in the Afghan war, he then got transferred and suddenly became the head of Al-Qaida about whom one never heard before 9/11. One is not sure who carried out the 9/11 attacks. There is so much confusion and debate raging about the perpetrators of that attack. Was it the US government/CIA itself behind it, was it the Mossad and Israelis behind it, or was it carried out by the two combined. Or if the US government is to be believed, the AL-Qaida carried it out. This has all become a matter of conjecture and mystery.

    Now at last Obama for his own and Democrat fortunes has found the right time to use perhaps for the last time the name of the long dead Osama Bin Laden to its advantage, by having ‘him killed’ and for safety dumped into the sea in great haste. The photograph shown around is without doubt a fake. The American people perhaps are naive, not so the rest of the world. The Pakistan Administration is fully in league with the Americans. They have no choice. Otherwise how can someone as ‘dangerous’ as Osama Bin Laden live next door to the PMA, Kakul? Would the Americans spare Pakistanis for keeping him there, or how else was he living there? Chances are, that Haveli was an intelligence den, which became the ‘residence’ of Osama Bin laden.

    How did the US military helicopters land in the darkness of the night without even a murmur from the PAF or Army that surrounds that region? Abbottabad is a garrison town. A person is killed and declared Osama Bin laden. As simple as that! Oh my God please spare us some intelligence. This is the greatest hoax in a series of them forwarded for consumption by the Americans. Well done Pakistan Government, well done Pakistan Armed Forces and of course well done America for feeding lies to this gullible and stupid world.

  • Varris  On May 3, 2011 at 5:30 am

    I am incredolous.

    They took away only one body ? Just one bullet wound to the head in a
    fire fight? No american casualties , not even a flesh wound ? And the
    strange case of the downed helicopter ………self destroyed . US
    could have claimed that it was in that particular chopper the body was
    being transported but it was destroyed by ground fire and no human
    traces are left . But in that case how would they produce ‘doctored ‘
    photographs of his dead body. Even a child can do the photoshop these
    days. The body was never shown to any independent sources like our ISI
    or intrnational media. Whenever Americans carry out missions which has
    propoganda value they have their journalists embedded. Not this time?

    I would be sceptical if they produce a video of the burial at sea. A
    shrouded body being slided into the ocean. Americans produce the most
    high tech movies and I think they are putting up a magnificient show
    this time again.

    Some of the side benefits for the americans.

    USA is about to withdraw from Afghanistan. What better way after
    ‘Mission accompalished’?
    Obama is entering the re-election race. It will boost his ratings.
    Army and ISI caught on the backfoot becuase of their inability to
    detect OBL presence .
    Pakistan is on the defensive , after gaining high ground on Davis
    affaire.
    The world once again places Pakistan as terrorist capital of the
    world. Another step in its balkanisation / excuse for eliminating its
    nukes?

    I bet all the details were sorted out in the unscheduled meeting
    between Gen.Kayani and Gen.Patreas at Chaklala airport last week.

    Everybdy who needs to know is in the picture. The awam are considered
    ‘Uloo’ . Lucky that they are not being thought of as “Uloo ke
    pathay”.

    Summary. In any case the world is a better place without OBL .
    Atleast one irritant is done with.

    Varris

  • Salim Ullah  On May 3, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Osama Died in Tora Bora ten years ago

  • Hamid  On May 3, 2011 at 7:23 am

    YAA my compliments on the article.
    1. This photo of OBL is afloat on the net for ages now.
    2. The job of our agencies are to keep the President and PM informed. Which they must have done.
    3. It is the job of PM and the President to order any operation by Pak Army.
    4. I believe this was an election related operation of Obama.
    5. The positive of this operation could be no more “Pak should do more”
    6. It could be reasons to withdraw from Afghanistan, where they are profusely bleeding.
    6. Rest media are talking all bullshit. Nonsense.

    HQ

  • Jimmy Jamshed  On May 3, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Total fucking BULL-SHIT…shameless bastards. The entire world knows the sucker created by CIA for the 9-11 inside job was killed years ago……..ordied years ago…..

    • Mansoor Mubeen  On May 3, 2011 at 7:27 am

      In this age of media, the first victim as always is truth, so jamshaid sahab might be true, but his choice of words is pathetic

  • Ishrat  On May 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    have you heard the other story going on geo that the operation was not conducted in pakistan but a drama staged. they may have brought the body from afghanistan or so.
    doubts are there for sure
    ik

  • Zubair  On May 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    A comprehensive write up. “Game changer” is the right word for the operation. I believe, there is no way the action could have been launched without the active support AND knowledgeable of the Army and ISI. That US is eager to take the entire credit makes a lot of sense. The US has always been out to find/create American heroes even where none exist. As far as Pakistan’s dilly dally is concerned, this too can easily be explained. The fact is that the entire war on terror and dealings with the CIA/Pentagon is been run exclusively by he Army/ISI. It is, therefore quite possible that the civilian Govt had no clue about it till it was over. Hence, the Foreign Ministry statement came at about 12 noon and he PM talked about it at night. The Govt is happy with the current situation as this not only gives them time for political maneuvering with the other parties to prolong their stay ans PREPARE for next elections by spending massive amount on bringing ZAB back to life. Also it is the same game that MNS played in Kargil. If things go wrong, they can always say thy7e were not taken in confidence by the Army; if things go OK, they can take the credit. THAT is politics for you. Meabwhile Pakistan and its sovereignity and hpounor can got to hell. The drama of OBL’s death was played according to well timed oppurtunity. We all kn ow hat OBL had been dead for about 10 years—-he was killed by he USA many times before. NOW he is officially dead for something the US have in mind; it could be to pave the way for an “honorable exit” from Afghanistan OR shifting all attention to Pakistan as the new center of all terrorism since OBL was hiding under our own protection for years; never mind the fact that the US knew about it all the time. They had kept him “alive” for just the right time. I am not sure what will happen, now that he is unofficially dead. I can only recall the fact that ZAB?bhuttos were more useful to the PPP dead than alive. Could this be he case with OBL.

  • Ali Kazim  On May 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you dear friend. There is Osama everywhere. Please inform the writer that the picture of Osama is not the one taken after his being killed in Abbotabad. This is a fairly old image creation by one of the US Agencies. The dark black beard is a vivid give away! (Osama never used ‘Khizab’ and the shape of his beard is very different to the one shown. He was a frail man, the dead body shown is that of a much younger man with a robust body. Regds.

    Ali Kazim

  • Nasim Hassan  On May 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Osama is certainly dead and Pakistani people should stop making any theories about this episode. However spending billions of dollars and ten years time for single person does not seem to me the efiicient use of resources.

    The challenge always has been to change the mindset that creates such people. Looking back we know the Talibans and Alqaida were in full retreat after US defeated Talibans. By the year 2004 a large number of Alqaida operators have been packed off to Gitmo.

    If at that time US had started a dialogue with Talibans who had no part in 9/11 the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan would have stabilized. This required a policy of peace and reconciliation. It also required investment in civil infra-structure, education, industry to provide employment.

    But the US diverted its attention and resources to Iraq and the rest is history.

  • Jose  On May 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    The fact that this operation was done so neatly and with minimal collateral damage is a tribute to those in the U.S. Military, who train so hard for times like these.
    Also, it has been reported that the Pakistani radar was jammed in order to obtain an element of surprise. Jamming the system must have been very easy since it was the Americans that built that system.

  • Brig Larif  On May 3, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    The event resolves America’s and Obama’s difficulties but creates further trouble for Pakistan. American war lobby will be in a happy position to justify its 10 years long war on terror and all the expenditure it has incurred thereon. Obama will have a reason to start withdrawal from Afghanistan with a bang of victory. Obama and his party will get advantage with reference to their next American elections.

    Pakistan on the other hand is a loser in many aspects. If its intelligence organisations did not know of Osama’s presence in Abbotabad, they will be accused of a high degree of inefficiency. And if they knew it and did not share it with Americans till they themselves found it out, they will be blamed for double gaming with friends, as they have been blaming Pervez Musharraf. If they knew it and shared it with Americans, then Pakistan Army and ISI will become targets of fresh hatred from the religious groups and attacks from Al-Qaida and Taliban.

    The govt. of Pakistan becomes a laughing stock for not having been kept in picture about the attack plan by their American friends who in that case stand to have violated Pakistan’s sovereignty. And if it is supposed that the Pakistan govt. and military establishment knew of the plans and were part of the process, then it will be considered criminal on their part not to come out and accept the fact openly and take the nation into confidence. If on the other hand they come out openly then they become targets of hatred by the religious lobby and Al-Qaida/Taliban.

    To make the matters worse for Pakistan, it has finally been established that American’s and Hamid Karzai’s allegations about Osama’s presence in Pakistan were after all right. Hence international pressure on Pakistan will increase for an operation in North Waziristan. Moreover, further direct attacks inside Pakistan by American and NATO forces might also be launched. Both of these scenarios will obviously result into shifting of the bulk of war on terror activity inside Pakistan.

    In my opinion this incident has landed Pakistan into deep trouble. Immediate future is fraught with grave dangers for Pakistan from all angles.

    Latif.

  • Tan  On May 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    If this is any demonstration of how surgical ops are conducted then I worry about their main aim and Target —-The Nukes of Pakistan and the Command and Control System which we proudly proclaim is very safe.
    Tan

  • H.A Jaffrey  On May 4, 2011 at 12:31 am

    I fully agree with Mr. Mansoor Mubin. One should not use foul language

    • Jimmy Jamshed  On May 4, 2011 at 12:31 am

      Jaffery Sahib:

      Foul language is very EXPRESSIVE. STOP over dosing on fake/forced Sharafat/Morality/Piety, like most Pakistanis, put up a fake front & constantly try to prove how SHAREEF they are.(in realit, they are all BORED out of their minds but will never admit it) Go to any Pakistani gathering & you will see everybody constantly trying to OUT-BORE each other & trying to prove how SHAREEF they are. Total FAKERY in motion.

      Sharafat, Morality, piety like beauty cannot be put in a BANK…….nor can they put food on the table……….this is colourful/expressive adult language. & adults who already know this language, like children should not be offended by it………& Mubeen Sahib…..my choice of words are PERFECT & most agree with it but do not have the balls to admit it…………..and do you know why Islam/Muslims have FAILED??!! Mainly because they try to create an impossible to create: “SIN-FREE SOCIETY” to please Allah…..but Allah STILL not pleased with Muslims…..very difficult to please…….

  • Saqib  On May 4, 2011 at 8:02 am

    The confidence in the Pak Army is shattered and people are questioning its capability to protect the country’s assets, and rightly so!

    • Ajmal  On May 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      Someone or all of them,responsible for defence of geographical
      frontiers must own responsibilty for failure and……show some self
      respect.

  • HH  On May 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Such a huge army, airforce, navy, ISI…et al. The poor nations spends
    billions of dollars on them. Eunuchs could not stop two measly
    helicopters from entering and doing all they did. Heejray.
    HH

  • IK  On May 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    N O T H I N G
    IS SAFE AS YOU CAN WELL IMAGINE TAN
    IK

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