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Pakistan spy chief offers resignation

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 14, IRNA -- Chief of Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Lt. Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha Friday apologized to the nation over the failure to get information about the presence of Osama bin laden and to detect intrusion by the U.S. military helicopters.

The ISI chief offered resignation in the in-camera joint session of the parliament after he briefed the lawmakers about the U.S. operation on may 2 to kill the al-Qaeda chief at the Abbotabad compound. Osama’s son and two couriers were also killed by the US Special Forces during an hour unilateral operationin.

Lt. Gen. Shuja Pasha also said he is ready to face any commission of inquiry about the U.S. operation.

Information Minister Dr Firdus Ashiq Awan quoted the ISI chief as telling the parliament that the U.S. had used stealth technology on its helicopters that could not be detected by the radars when they raided the three-story compound.

The in-camera session of the joint sitting of the parliament was summoned after the army and the intelligence agencies had been under fire for their failure to detect the U.S. army helicopters, which intruded into Pakistan and conducted nearly one hour operation to kill the al-Qaeda chief.

The country’s intelligence agencies are also criticized for their failure to know about the presence of the world most wanted man in a Pakistani compound for five years.

'It was due to the U.S. technological superiority that they managed to get in undetected,” Lt. Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha told the parliament, according to Information Minister,.

The Minister quoted the spy chief as telling the house that armed U.S. aircraft were ready to react to any Pakistani reaction.

The Information Minister said the ISI chief presented himself for full accountability before any forum and said if there was any 'negligence or intentional failure', he was ready to face the consequences.

He said that Osama bin Laden had never gone out of the Abbotabad hideout for five years but his wives visited doctors for treatment on several occasions.

The DG ISI was upset over the criticism by several political leaders and the media and told the house that there had been no criticism at the US intelligences agencies after the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington. Also the Indian intelligence agencies were spared after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Gen. Pasha told the parliament that ISI had in fact rendered al-Qaeda paralysed and broken its back, even before the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, by shattering its entire network.

Gen. Pasha appealed to the political leaders and the nation to support the agencies at this critical juncture, adding that the agencies and the army have lost lives of thousands of men to make Pakistan safe from the terrorists.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30384021

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