Musharraf: Bin Laden hideout not Pakistan ISI’s faultMay 3, 2011
Amid a growing controversy about how much Pakistani authorities knew about bin Laden, and when they knew it, CBS News correspondent Lara Logan spoke to Musharraf in Dubai, where he now lives. For his part, Musharraf insists that nobody knew.
Musharraf: “I do agree that (the news about bin Laden in Pakistan) is surprising and a lot of people in Pakistan are not believing that. This is unfortunate. It needs to be investigated. Who slipped up? Why this negligence?”
Logan: “You are really asking people to believe that this all happened without the knowledge of the intelligence services and the military and that it came as a complete surprise?”
Musharraf: “Yes, yes, I am saying that and I mean every word of it.”
Logan: “It’s just very hard to believe that Osama bin Laden could have spent all this time in Pakistan, living right under your noses and nobody would have known about it?”
Musharraf: “Why you continuously saying that? I think instead of wasting time on this issue, let us agree to disagree on this point. I don’t agree.”
The general also disagreed when he was interviewed on “60 Minutes” in 2008. He was pressed on what Pakistan was doing to find bin Laden. This is what he said then: “There is no proof whatsoever that he is here.”
After the capture of bin Laden in Pakistan, and the revelation that the terrorist leader had been living there for several years, Musharraf said: “I don’t remember at all having said that he surely will not be in Pakistan.”
Logan: “You said there was no proof that he was in Pakistan.”
Musharraf: “Yes, there was no proof, obviously, and those who were saying he was in Pakistan, I don’t think they were talking with any evidence.”
Musharraf vigorously defended Pakistan’s past efforts to track down al Qaeda leaders.
Musharraf: “We have achieved successes and that should be recognized. If we continuously keep blaming the army and the ISI for what they have not been able to do, well, if they haven’t been able to do it then it’s CIA’s failure also.”
Logan: “Do you know of any other terrorist leaders wanted by the U.S. that are sheltering in your country?”
Musharraf: “Well, there may be more. Yes, there may be. Yes.”
Al Qaeda’s number two, Ayman al Zawahiri, and Taliban leader Mullah Omar are just two of the senior terrorist leaders believed to be based inside Pakistan at the moment.
Source: CBS News