Pakistan's prime minister says spy agencies worldwide share the blame for his country's failure to capture Osama Bin Laden, who was killed by US forces.
"We have intelligence failure of the rest of the world including the United States," PM Yousuf Raza Gilani said.
Pakistan has been criticised for not locating Bin Laden, who was living near the country's main military academy.
The CIA head has said the US did not tell Islamabad of the raid in advance, for fear it would be jeopardised.
[...] Speaking to reporters during a visit to Paris on Wednesday, Mr Gilani said: "There is intelligence failure of the whole world, not Pakistan alone."
He added that Pakistan needed "the support of the entire world" to combat militants.
"We are fighting and paying a heavy price," he said, adding that his government was "fighting not only for Pakistan but for the peace, prosperity and progress of the whole world".
Earlier his foreign minister questioned the suggestion by CIA Director Leon Panetta that Pakistan could not be trusted with details of the operation.
Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir told the BBC that this view was "disquieting" and his country had a "pivotal role" in tackling terrorism.
He said the compound in Abbottabad where Bin Laden was shot dead had been identified as suspicious some time ago by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
But it took the greater resources of the CIA to determine that it was the al-Qaeda leader's hiding place.
[...] The BBC's Aleem Maqbool in Abbottabad says that if Bin Laden had been there for as long as five years, it raises questions about the Pakistani authorities.
Either they were incredibly incompetent or were harbouring the al-Qaeda leader, our correspondent says.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Pakistan blames rest of the world for their incompetence.
Let's hope Pakistan only harbored terrorists and didn't supply them with nuclear materials. Item.