ISLAMABAD - Pakistani media on Tuesday said the killing of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in a U.S. commando raid would heap embarrassment on authorities hard pressed to explain how he had been able to live in the country undetected for years.
Some commentators suggested Washington would take action to show its displeasure with the authorities. Bin Laden was shot dead early on Monday morning by US special forces dropped by helicopter into the compound where he had lived since 2005. He had long thought to be hiding in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt in the northwest near the border with Afghanistan.
President Asif Ali Zardari, writing on Monday in the Washington Post, said his security forces were left out of Sunday's operation. But bin Laden's presence a few km (miles) from a major military facility could undermine the reputation of Pakistan's military and intelligence.
"The failure of Pakistan to detect the presence of the world's most wanted man here is shocking," The News said in an editorial.
"How he was able to hide there without any action on our part is going to be a hard sell to the Americans," echoed the Daily Times.