No reason to believe Pakistan knew Laden's whereabouts: US

Source:  APP Published in US on Friday, February 13, 2015

WASHINGTON – The United States has ruled out the suggestion that the Pakistani government knew about the location of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden before he was slain in a May 2011 American operation in Abbottabad.

The State Department rejected as entirely wrong a conjecture by retired Lt General Asad Durrani in a recent interview with Al Jazeera that Pakistan might have known the location of bin Laden before the US special forces carried out the operation on May 1, 2011.

“As we've stated in the past and President Obama and the former secretary of state Clinton at the time stated, we don't have any reason to believe that the government of Pakistan knew about the location of bin Ladin. That remains our belief,” State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said.

To a question at the daily briefing, the spokesperson said the US has no plans to reach Durrani, who served as ISI director general more than two decades ago between 1990-92. “Correct,” Psaki replied categorically, when asked if what Durrani claimed in the interview is entirely wrong.