US believed Pakistan had no clue about Bin Laden

March 22, 2014 - 6:33:37 am

ISLAMABAD: A telephone conversation recorded on May 2 of 2011 by the US intelligence between former army chief General Ashfaq Kayani and ISI General Shuja Pasha has convinced Washington that Pakistan had no knowledge of Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts.

A top security official told The News daily in comments published yesterday that Washington would have had never trusted Islamabad and its military establishment regarding Bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan if not for the recorded phone conversation.

It is said that both Kayani and Pasha expressed their shock over the presence of Bin Laden in Abbottabad.

“The recording of their conversation exposed the vulnerability of our secrets to the US surveillance system, though in this particular case it helped Washington to understand that the Pakistan Army and the ISI were really not aware of Laden’s presence in Abbottabad,” security official said.

Recent media reports have suggested that the American National Security Agency is recording billions of telephone calls all around the world.

The report also suggested that General Pervez Musharraf was also in the knowledge of his presence.