Pakistan not told about Osama killing due to ISI: Hillary Clinton

US knew that elements in ISI had close ties with al-Qaeda and the Taliban

Washington: The US decided not to inform Pakistan about its top-secret mission to kill Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad as it knew that elements in spy agency ISI maintained close ties with the al-Qaeda and the Taliban, according to former secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In her memoir Hard Choices, which hit the book stores on Tuesday, Ms Clinton says that top US officials, including President Barack Obama and the then defence secretary Robert Gates, had detailed discussions on the issue including the possibility of Pakistan using the occasion to launch an attack on India. But finally it was decided not to inform Pakistan.“Our relationship with Pakistan, America’s nominal ally in the fight against terrorism, was already very troubled. If the Pakistani military, always on a hair trigger out of fear of a surprise attack from India, discovered a secret incursion into their airspace, it was possible they’d respond with force,” she writes.

( Source : PTI )
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