WASHINGTON - Pakistan's exiled former President Pervez Musharraf said on Thursday that "absolute negligence and not complicity" was behind his country's Osama bin Laden fiasco and Washington and Islamabad must put that episode behind them and rebuild trust.
"We must convince the world and the United States that the issue of Osama bin Laden was not complicity; it was negligence of a very monumental order," he said in a speech in Washington.
US special forces' killing of the al-Qaida leader in Pakistan on May 2 soured relations between the two countries over US suspicion its ally knew he was living in a town not far from the Pakistani capital for about five years.
"Two years of that five years was during my time. I confidently and surely say that there was not complicity because I am very sure of one thing: that I didn't know, whether one believes it or not," said Musharraf.