THE KILLING of Osama bin Laden just 1km from an elite military base dubbed “Pakistan’s Sandhurst” has sparked a storm of speculation over the country’s knowledge of his whereabouts.
President Barack Obama’s top counter terrorism adviser John Brennan said it was “inconceivable” for the al-Qaeda leader to have not had a support network to help him inside Pakistan.
The discovery of his compound, less than 1km from the walls of the academy where former dictator general Pervez Musharraf was educated, will only fuel fears that the country’s terrorist problem is out of control.
The world’s most wanted man was believed to be holed up in a cave in the mountains that mark Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. The discovery of his hideout in the affluent town of Abbottabad, some 75 miles from the capital Islambad, came as a huge surprise.
“There will be a lot of tension between Washington and Islamabad because bin Laden seems to have been living here close to Islamabad,” said Imtiaz Gul, a Pakistani security analyst. “This is a serious blow to the credibility of Pakistan.”