Who Was Hiding Bin Laden?
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Who Was Hiding Bin Laden?

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The Indian security establishment is convinced that Osama bin Laden was in the safekeeping of Pakistan Army and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), and purposely left his huge Abbottabad mansion unwatched to avoid attracting attention, sources reportedly told the Sakaal Times.

Certainly the ISI keeps many people under 24/7 surveillance, so it seems inconceivable that in a garrison town an ‘outsider’ like bin Laden would be able to move into and and live in a large and distinctive house so close to a military academy without the knowledge of the ISI or some other Pakistani government agency.  

Constructed in 2005, the mansion was eight times bigger than other houses in the vicinity; its few occupants were never seen by neighbours; large vehicles moved in and out of a compound that otherwise showed little sign of any life; and although cameras were fitted at key vantage points, there were apparently only a handful of guards at the gates. In addition, the house had no telephone or Internet connection. It’s hard to see how such a building wouldn’t have attracted attention.

Desperate to defend itself, the Pakistani government has said that Abbatobad is a small town and added that there are a lot of houses with big compounds enclosed within high boundary walls. But this was no ordinary small town. It was within metres of a military academy where one of the periodic guests is the chief of the Pakistani Army, arguably the most powerful and important figure in ‘democratic’ Pakistan. With this in mind, it seems unlikely that the ISI wouldn’t have been interested in who was living in the bin Laden compound.

It’s also widely believed that bin Laden required frequent medical attention, including dialysis. Unless he had a portable hospital moving with him complete with medics and all the necessary equipment, he would have required regular care by a visiting medical team. How exactly this could have been done without some kind of official ‘assistance’ is difficult to see.

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Swity
February 23, 2012 at 05:48

I agree that the Bin Laden death seems all too ceinonnevt. As soon as I heard they had buried him at sea the credibility went out the window. How gullible do they think we are?

Karyne
February 23, 2012 at 05:47

Well, at least Secretary of Terror, Clinton is right on cue; ready to dubloe up the “fight”. Double-up the fight. Bush and Obama are brothers, brother. Knock, knock!

Firoze
February 21, 2012 at 00:34

RIGHT ON CUE PM Gilani, on the 60th asnrveinary of Pak-China relations, arrived on a four day trip to bolster ties with China; which became strained ever since Musharraf plunged the country into fighting America?s WoT. However, the timing of Gilani?s visit is no accident, coming on the back of ?an understanding? between Prince Bandar Saudi Arabia?s de facto ruler ? and the Pakistani leadership to facilitate House of Al Saud?s urgent desire to ?re-align? its relationship AWAY FROM THE US CAMP and towards Pakistan/China.In April, Pakistan gave assurances of military assistance to the Saudis if the US persisted in manipulating the popular Arab uprising to pressurize the House of Al Saud to move away from Monarchy and towards parliamentary democracy; hence the convoy of its own troops to quell the unrest in Bahrain.With Saudi PetroDollars, does Pakistan really need Kerry-Lugar noose ?It is time the Muslims UNITED to face a COMMON GLOBAL THREAT.Allah Knows Best.

Ahsan
December 30, 2011 at 17:57

Why cant India’s RAW could be hiding OB in Afg all this while, and later facilitated his travel and stay in Abbotabad (if indeed he was there) to embarrass Pakistan? After all, this wont be the first time that india carries out false flag operations and then proceeds to blame ISI. Remember Samjhauta express, amongst many others??
India has a huge ‘development’ and intelligence footprint in Afg, so hiding OBL there should not have been an issue. Secondly india directly finances and arms the TTP to carry out terrorist activities in Pak, which means india has enough HUMINT on the ground in Pak to sustain OBL in Abbotabad near Pak military academy, knowing that it would be the last place Pak army would look for OBL.
The article represents another ridiculous and desperate attempt by Indian establishment to malign Pakistan.

Thomas
May 8, 2011 at 21:26

Bin Laden’s death is just like Sept 911….fake and engineered to distract the world while the West plans another war!

leemaahuah
May 8, 2011 at 04:08

and you wonder why the US went in top secret

asdf
May 8, 2011 at 03:36

Clearly Pakistan is telling the truth everyone!!!! XD

decatur8r
May 8, 2011 at 01:35

It was my understanding that there were no medications found in the compound that would indicate any medical condition that would require treatment.

“Quite honestly, there’s nothing here that indicates a long-term, chronic condition,”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42934673/ns/world_news-death_of_bin_laden/

Nicholas
May 8, 2011 at 00:10

As we continue to try to understand Pakistan, we see a pattern develop around emerging south asian ties with the West. They are incredibly complicated in nature, with both Pakistan and India, enemies to such a degree that they continue to mimic the cold war through a proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir, who’ve found themselves forming ties to the USA in each their own unique way. While India and the US have a substantial ‘civilian nuclear development program’ signed in June 2005, Pakistan has using billions in US funding since its sudden decision to warm to Pakistan after sanctions placed on both nations after testing several nukes each in 1998.

In the developments in Pakistan, I think there is too much we don’t yet know about how both nations play political and diplomatic games with one another. Promising to help with the war on terror, Pakistan has continued to harbor Lashkar-e-Taiba, a known terrorist group and suspected guilty party on the 26/11 attack on Mumbai. Staying in a compound in Lahore, theirs is larger yet similar to Bin Laden’s in Abbottabad.

The answer to ‘how did they not know’ has a few possibilities. For one, it could very well be that Bin Laden was indeed being hidden by the ISI, protected and cared for, even. A blind eye could have been turned by a duplicitous general, or maybe even higher. They could be denying it what they know is true, embarrassed by the sudden outing and microscoping on facts. This seems very plausible, and the USA is simply retaliating through the embarrassing act of taking Osama with Pakistan completely unawares.

Perhaps the Pakistani authorities want to absolve themselves of aiding this man with a sudden sharing of information, or, were involved in a plot to make Bin Laden feel comfortable enough to live in a place like that. Some sources claim that he’s been there for 7 years or so, but how accurate any of the news reports are is anyone’s guess, what with their being handed down not by eye witnesses but rather army sources and seemingly being changed on a regular basis. Was the woman acting as a human shield, or not? Clearly a trick to try manipulate public and greater social perceptions on the murder of a woman – though apparently guilty by association of being party to the formerly most wanted man on the planet.

US-Pak relations will be tumultuous, but the depth of games played by the people who purportedly act in our interest (no matter what side that is) are so out of our reach to even us scholars that we can only guess at whether or not its all an elaborately conspired broadway act between both nations, or if they really are so ready to manipulate and deceive each other in such a public manner.

rplenty
May 7, 2011 at 23:12

It now has been reported that he never needed dialysis.

JohnX
May 7, 2011 at 22:48

Really? This is such a bias blogged that does nothing but speculate. The writing is poor as well. My advice would be to stop and think before you write and publish such low-quality work.

“It’s hard to see how such a building wouldn’t have attracted attention.” Huh? No internet or telephone connection? In a country where the power grid infrastructure never accounted for population increase and subsequently has to turn off certain sections every so often just to be able to compensate and the numerous individuals live in poverty, this is not out of the normal. This isn’t an american city where the standard requirement for the internet is present.

“It was within metres of a military academy where one of the periodic guests is the chief of the Pakistani Army, arguably the most powerful and important figure in ‘democratic’ Pakistan. With this in mind, it seems unlikely that the ISI wouldn’t have been interested in who was living in the bin Laden compound.”

More speculation. Bin Laden evaded the U.S. government apparently for “10 years”. Are you saying that because the chief of the Pakistani Army visited the military academy he should have had a spidey’s sense that identified Bin Laden there?

Also, please be more specific in distance. You say within metres but that sounds like he was within 10 meters. What’s the real distance or approximate distance? How many meters? Yup.

“It’s also widely believed that bin Laden required frequent medical attention, including dialysis. Unless he had a portable hospital moving with him complete with medics and all the necessary equipment, he would have required regular care by a visiting medical team. How exactly this could have been done without some kind of official ‘assistance’ is difficult to see.”

Last time I checked, ALL doctors are NOT army or government personnel. This is the absolute most ridiculous claim.

I am surprised this is even published on the internet. You are along the lines of the FOX “news” casters.

Uzair
May 7, 2011 at 20:12

Err, he’s a multi-millionaire with a well-developed network of underground “fixers” and “getters”. Why do you find the notion that he purchased a dialysis machine and employed a doctor so surprising?

Bobby
May 7, 2011 at 19:50

No need to state the obvious. Everybody knows Pakistan harbored not just OBL but also many of the alQeada top leaders, as well as Taliban. It’s amusing to see the former head of Pakistan intelligence went on FOX News denying that OBL lived or just got killed in Pakistan. He believe OBL was killed long ago (with a straight face). The next day, alQeada themselves confirmed that OBL just got killed. We know who the liar is.

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