Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, in an interview with the Fox News has said that it was ISI which helped the CIA track down and kill Osama bin Laden, the chief of Al-Qaeda.
Till now, Islamabad had so far denied having any knowledge of Osama until he was shot dead in 2011.
“It was ISI that gave the information which led to the location of Osama bin Laden. If you ask CIA it was ISI which gave the initial location through the phone connection,” Khan said.
Responding to questions, Khan was reluctant to give any commitment on the release of Pakistani doctor Afridi. US President Donald Trump is seeking his release.
Khan said that the release of Afridi is an “emotive issue” for Pakistan as in Pakistan he is considered a spy for the US.
We in Pakistan always felt that we were an ally of the US and if we had been given the information about Osama, we should have taken him out, he said.
Khan said that Pakistan was fighting the war against terrorism for the US. The raid and killing of Osama, he said “hugely embarrassed Pakistan”.
“Here we were an ally of the US and the US did not trust us. And they actually came and bombed and killed a man in our territory, Khan said. When pointed out that Osama was not just a man, but a terrorist who killed more than 3,000 Americans, Khan said that Pakistan lost 70,000 people in this fight.
“We were fighting this war for the US and we lost all these people fighting this war. So there was obviously a lot of anger about the way this whole thing was done. But you know, that’s all in the past, “Khan said.