US used stealth technology to avoid Pakistan's detection
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, May 14, IRNA -- Pakistan’s intelligence chief Friday informed the in-camera session that the U.S. had used stealth technology on its helicopters that could not be detected by the radars when they raided a compound and killed Osama bin Laden.
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.
Osama bin Laden was killed in the May 2nd raid along with his son and two couriers in the Pakistan’s garrison city of Abbotabad.
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,” head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Lt. gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha told the parliament, according to Information Minister, Dr Firdus Ashiq Awan.
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, however, said that it was also the responsibility of the provincial government, the local police and related agencies to have information about the al-Qaeda chief’s hideout in Abbotabad.
'We are, of course, not shying away from our responsibility, but all must share their failure,' she quoted the DG ISI as saying in the parliament house briefing.
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.
Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30384045
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