No Pakistani OFFicial Had Knowledge OF Osama--Robert Grenier


WASHINGTON: Former station chief of the CIA in Islamabad, Robert Grenier has said that the US must realise immediate threats being faced by Pakistan and try to be on the same page with Islamabad. He also said that he did not believe any one in the Pakistani leadership knew bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad.

Speaking to Express 24/7 correspondent, Huma Imtiaz, Grenier said that he believed no one in Pakistan knew about Osama bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad, except his close confidants.

Gernier, who had headed the CIA Station in Islamabad in 2001, said that though national interests of Pakistan and the United States were divergent, Washington must put itself in Islamabad’s shoes.

Garnier said Pakistan faced some immediate threats it considers far more important to tackle first.

Referring to Osama bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad, Grenier says what US intelligence was thinking at the most was that the al Qaeda leader might be hiding in some small apartment in Karachi.

He says he does not believe that any Pakistani official knew about Osama’s presence there.

Grenier added that tonnes of information secured from Bin Laden’s Abbottabad residence provided no such hint.


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