Pakistan’s U.N. Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon negating the claim made by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton that some in Pakistani government know about the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and other senior al-Qaeda leaders said he believes no one knows where those individuals were.
“If the Pakistani government knew about the location of Osama Bin Laden, they would have gone after him” , he told CBS Television.
And if the Americans had any idea, they would sent missiles from drones hovering over the rugged Pak-Afghan border.
Dealing with the Shahzad’s case, the Pakistan ambassador said that the attempted Times square bombing was a “horrible act” by that “misguided soul” who might have been inspired or aided by other, and not by the Taliban, who had denied any responsibility. “If this is the standard of the TTP, the I think there is nothing to worry about,” he said.
The attempt was botched to such a degree that it was “not even funny,” the envoy said.
The ambassador said that he disagreed with Obama administration officials’ claim that the accused was trained by the Pakistani Taliban
He said that the Obama administration may have other evidence, he said, “All I am saying is that the evidence I have points in one direction: It does not have its signature of the Taliban.”
“This is not, and I repeat not, a Pakistan terror threat,” the Pakistani envoy said, while underscoring the fact that Shahzad is not a Pakistani citizen.
In making that point, he reaffirmed Pakistan’s firm commitment to eradicate the menace of terrorism.
Haroon said the reason he believes that the Taliban have no hand was because this militant group has carried out so many successful bombings inside Pakistan, killing and maiming thousands of innocent people. The mixture that Shahzad had prepared to bomb Times Square was not the one used by the Taliban, who do not use propane.
What Shahzad had done was something that one could pick up on the Internet, he said, adding there was nothing professional about it. Besides, what was left in the rigged car was not a bomb; it was an incendiary device without a trigger. Asked why the Taliban had denied responsibility for the bomb attempt in New York, the ambassador remarked, “Because this makes them a laughing stock!”
Pakistan, he added, had to face some “brutal and terrible” moments with the extremists and there was no reason to link Islamabad with them.