Since Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, last Monday, doubts have been raised about Pakistan's alignment with dangerous Islamic extremists. Many have asked how the country could have been ignorant to the man's hideout so long.
Today, Pakistan's prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said that the charges against the country were "disingenuous" and that Bin Laden's presence was related to a failure of intelligence, rather than any kind of plot. He remarked that the terrorist leader's death was proper justice.
Tensions are already high between the two countries due to repeated drone attacks by the U.S. military, which often result in civilian casualties. A publicized case of a CIA contractor who killed two Pakistanis in a crowded street helped fuel the flames.
In northwest Pakistan, hundreds of extremists rallied to protest the death of Bin Laden and have threatened to launch retaliatory attacks against the United States and Pakistan, according to Voices of America.
National Security Advisor Tom Donilon recently said that there was currently no evidence that Pakistan's intelligence agency, government or military was aiding Bin Laden evade capture.
"Osama bin Laden's presence in Pakistan was not to Pakistan's advantage," Pakistan ambassador Husain Haqqani told ABC News program This Week. "A lot more people have been arrested in Pakistan, including Al Qaeda people, than in any other country. So Pakistan did not have a policy of protecting these people."
He also said that there would be a thorough investigation of the intelligence failure.
"Heads will roll once the investigation has been completed. Now, if those heads are rolled on account of incompetence, we will share that information with you," he said. "And if, God forbid, somebody's complicity is discovered, there will be zero tolerance for that."