Osama bin Laden and Pakistan’s Intelligence Community

Last night my wife got a text from her mother saying, “Osama is dead!”  Indeed news of his death has spread around the world like lightning.

And as I expected an email arrived to my inbox from the folks at MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute).  Among other pressing issues that weigh on the world like anti-semitism, racial violence, and terrorism, they submit reports to government agencies on specific occurances.  The death of Osama bin Laden, is such one occurance.

The report entitled “More Shame and Retribution heading ISI’s Way” details how Pakistans intelligence agency (ISI), knew of Osama’s whereabouts, for quite some time.  Here are some interesting excerpts from the report….

1.  Pakistan may have known, and said nothing:

“Nothing in the Af-Pak region goes unnoticed by the ISI, and if bin Laden managed to play hide-and-seek with the world all this while, it was only thanks to ISI’s patronage. Although the U.S. has claimed that Pakistan was not in the know of this operation, terror groups would not believe so.

“They are aware that nothing is possible unless there has been a certain degree of support from the establishment. Moreover, Osama was living in a place close to the army headquarters in Abbottabad, about 70 kilometers northeast of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. This is not a fact that would have gone unnoticed by the ISI.”

2.  The US knows that Pak’s intelligence supports other terroristic groups.

“Last month, Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated in Islamabad that the ISI continues to support the Haqqani Network, the second largest group of militants among the Taliban in Afghanistan.”

3.  On-going trials in Chicago may shed shaming light on the dark inner-workings of the ISI.

“The other embarrassment that the ISI would face is post-May 15, when Headley and Rana go on trial. Rana, in particular, had in his defense claimed that the LeT had nothing to do with the 11/26 attack in Mumbai and that it was the ISI, which had planned everything since day one.

“The ISI is extremely worried; it has been trying to exert immense pressure through diplomatic channels to prevent any such statement from coming out. If Rana’s claims are accepted by the court, many high-ranking officials will have to stand trial. It would also go on to confirm that the Pakistani establishment had sponsored the gruesome attack on Indian soil.”

As the world rejoices at the death of the darkest and most influential terrorist the world has known, the issue and conspiracy of terrorism continues.  I fear that many, including officials in high places, have grown to the sentiment that terrorism may be necessary for their selfish functions!

Continue to pray for the regions affected by the oppressive and satanic intimidaters, like Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iraq and Iran to name a few.  Whole nations suffer poverty, starvation and injustice because of a few mens’ greedy hands of power.  We know that a small number of terrorists have repented and turned to Christ in miraculous ways, so we pray for more, and more such transformations, so that the seats of terrorism may be found empty!!


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