Pakistan PM defends failure to spot bin Laden hideout

By REUTERS
May 4, 2011 15:39

 
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PARIS - Pakistan's prime minister defended his country's failure to spot that Osama bin Laden had been hiding out in a luxury compound near Islamabad, saying that fighting terrorism was the whole world's responsibility.

Pakistan is under pressure from the West to explain how bin Laden, who was killed this week in a US raid on his hideout, could have lived for several years in a military garrison town near the Pakistani capital without local intelligence finding out.

"Certainly we have intelligence sharing with the rest of the world, including the United States, so if somebody points out that there are ... lapses from the Pakistan side, that means there are lapses from the whole world," Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani told reporters in Paris on Wednesday where he was due to meet French President Nicholas Sarkozy.

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