Former US President Barack Obama has said that he refused to involve Pakistan in a campaign to raid the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad because it was an ‘open secret’ that some elements in the Pakistan Army, especially its intelligence service, had links with the Taliban and possibly Al Qaeda and used them as strategic capital against Afghanistan and India many times.
Obama, in his book ‘A Promised Land’, has given information about the raid in Abbottabad during his tenure as President. In this raid by US commandos, the world’s most wanted terrorist, Laden was killed on May 2, 2011. He said that this excessive intelligence operation was opposed by the Defense Minister Robert Gates and former Vice President and current elected President Joe Biden.
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The first black president of the US said that several options were considered to kill the al-Qaeda chief after it became clear that Laden’s stay in a hideout outside the Pakistani military cantonment in Abbottabad. He said that the need to maintain the secrecy of this campaign had increased the challenge.
Obama said, “We knew that if anyone got a little clue of our action about bin Laden, the chance would be lost, that’s why only a few people in the entire federal government know about the campaign plan.” There was another obstacle in front of us: ‘Pakistan could not be included in whatever option we chose.’
Some elements in the Pakistan Army and its intelligence services had links with the Taliban and Al Qaeda
The former US president said, “Although the government of Pakistan cooperated with us in many counter-terrorism operations and provided vital supply routes for our forces in Afghanistan, it was an open secret that Pakistan’s military, especially its intelligence services, had some elements who had links with the Taliban and possibly Al Qaeda.
They sometimes used them as strategic capital to ensure that the Afghan government remains weak and that Afghanistan does not come close to India, Pakistan’s biggest enemy.
He wrote that the Pakistan Army was just a few miles from the Abbottabad campus, due to which there was an increased possibility that information about the campaign might be leaked by informing Pakistanis about anything.
Obama wrote that no matter what choice he made in Abbottabad, he had to enter his ally’s territory without permission in the most dangerous way, and this also put diplomatic relations at stake and also increased complications.
In the final stages, two options were considered whether to carry out an airstrike or to authorize a particular mission, under which a team would secretly fly to Pakistan, raid the premises and will come before the Pakistani police or army could react. Obama and his national security team chose the second option.
Obama said that after this campaign, he spoke to many people domestically and internationally over the phone, the most difficult of which was to talk to the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, who was criticized for his criticism due to violation of the sovereignty of Pakistan. However, when I spoke to him, he congratulated and assured me of cooperation.