Pakistan rejects China access report to downed US helicopter
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Aug 16, IRNA -- Pakistan Army Monday rejected as malicious Western media reports that Islamabad let Chinese military engineers photograph and take samples from US helicopter that was left behind when American special forces killed Osama bin Laden.
The Financial Times reported, quoting US sources, that mmbers of the Chinese military were allowed to survey the wreckage of the hi-tech helicopter and take samples of its 'stealth' skin, which allowed it to enter Pakistan undetected by radar.
Pakistan army’s chief spokesman, Major General Athar Abbas while eacting to a report in section of foreign press quoting unnamed US officials that the access to the wreckage of US helicopter was provided to the Chinese, said that the assertion made is not true and therefore “we reject this report”.
Financial Times reported that the US now has information that Pakistan, particularly the ISI [Pakistan's intelligence agency], gave access to the Chinese military to the downed helicopter in Abbottabad.
In a statement the Pakistan’s army spokesman expressed surprise at the extent of ‘kite flying’ some section of the foreign press was indulging in. He criticized the section of foreign media for launching a malicious campaign against Pakistan security organizations. He asked them to verify and cross check rather than replying on ‘unnamed officials’.
The FT quoted a figure close to the CIA as saying: 'We had explicitly asked the Pakistanis in the immediate aftermath of the raid not to let anyone have access to the damaged remains of the helicopter.'
The US unilateral raid has already badly affected relationship between Pakistan and the United States and Islamabad had criticized the action as violation of its sovereignty.
Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30521719
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