Here is the most appropriate response to the Pakistan Army-Al Qaeda collusion (recently exposed by the discovery of Osama bin Laden in an ISI Safe House in the garrison city of Abbottabad) by any political leader in Pakistan. While this is a fact that political leaders in Pakistan including members of the ruling PPP-ANP government remain hostage to the military establishment, Nawaz Sharif’s bold and principled stance must be wholeheartedly supported. (Abdul Nishapuri)
Sparing the government and its leaders in his tirade over the surprise breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty by American forces, Sharif said [the Abbottabad operation] is the “worst case of negligence and incompetence” by the country’s security agencies. “It is matter of serious concern that our security institutions knew nothing when the helicopter gunships and commandos remained in our territory and airspace for so long,” he told a news conference, calling for a judicial commission to lead the investigation to dispel doubts about its objectivity. Sharif also demanded how it was that the world’s most wanted man could be holed up in a compound less than a kilometer from the country’s main military academy, and bemoaned the damage that the incident had caused to Pakistan’s reputation abroad. “Isn’t it true that world considers us as a country that abets and exports terrorism?” he said. “Isn’t it true that all crimes everywhere in the world have links with our home?” (Source)
Nawaz Sharif termed the Abbottabad operation, conducted by US SEALs which resulted in death of Osama bin Laden, as a failure of Pakistan army and intelligence agencies; he demanded of the government to constitute a judicial commission to investigate into the saga. Addressing a press conference Nawaz Sharif said judicial commission be given a 21-day time frame to complete investigation and the facts be made public after the probe.
Former premier said no one would be allowed to use Pakistani soil for terrorism and extremism. He added that there is no place for terrorism in the country. The world is raising fingers on Pakistan after the incident, PML-N leader said and added that armed forces have not given satisfactory answer. The Osama raid has affected the morale of armed forces. He said that arrest and release of Raymond Davis also showed that matters in Pakistan are in the hands of spy agencies instead of the civilian government. He said that today’s situation presents the scenario of 1971 and it seems that our defence system has become so weak. (Source)
Sharif demanded a full independent investigation over Osama bin Laden’s presence in the country, rejecting the internal military probe. “We completely reject the prime minister’s military led committee. It is powerless and cannot investigate the matter in depth,” Sharif told a news conference. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday announced that a lieutenant general would head an inquiry “to get to the bottom of how, when and why” bin Laden had been hiding in the garrison town where he was killed by US forces. US President Barack Obama has pressed Pakistan to probe how bin Laden managed to live for years under the nose of its military, saying he must have been supported by locals. Pakistanis have been outraged at the perceived impunity of the US raid, while asking whether their military was too incompetent to know bin Laden was living close to a major forces academy, or, worse, conspired to protect him. Sharif called for the government to establish a revised commission within three days headed by the country’s top judge and not the military. “This commission should ascertain the full facts of Osama bin Laden’s presence and the American operation in Pakistan,” he said. (Source)
Sharif termed Abbottabad operation that led to killing of Osama bin Laden as intelligence failure said that Pakistan has been isolated in the world. He demanded of the government to form a judicial commission comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan, chief justices of high court of four provinces and Islamabad high court chief justice to probe into the Abbottabad operation and produce its report within 21 days. “If the demand was not met PML-N will announce future course of action”, he added. Nawaz said that the Commission be mandated to determine the facts about presence of Osama bin Laden and the failure of intelligence agencies. Besides it should be authorised to summoned concerning people. (Source)
Nawaz Sharif’s press conference
Geo TV: Four patent friends of the establishment (Shafqat Mahmood, Haroon-ur-Rashid, Najam Sethi and Kamran Khan) comment on Nawaz Sharif’s press conference