Germany asks Pak to 'come clean' on support network of Osama

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Terrorism in Pakistan
New Delhi, May 27: Demanding that Pakistan "come clean" on the issue of support network of slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, Germany today (May 27) said international community was worried about possible collaboration of parts of Pakistani security apparatus with terrorists.

"...after the US operation in Abottabad, Pakistan must answer questions about support network of bin Laden. It is important that Pakistan government comes clean.....possible role of Pakistan Army and Pakistan people in service in supporting bin Laden and other terror outfits," German Ambassador to India Thomas Matussek told reporters here.

"We are all worried about possible collaboration of parts of Pakistani security apparatus with terrorists and I think it is in the interest of Pakistani government to come clean......," he said.

Terming as a "heavy moral blow" the killing of Osama, the German envoy said, "We believe that al Qaeda has been weakened by the death of Osama bin Laden but there still remains serious threats."

He also maintained that exit policy of western forces in Afghanistan was not dependent on Osama's killing and German troops were there for a long haul. "No matter how long it takes, we are there for a long haul."

Matussek praised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's "wise, reserved and moderate" policy on Pakistan. "We very much appreciate the commitment of the Prime Minister to carry forward the dialogue process with Pakistan. We support his assessment that there is no alternative to dialogue," he said.

PTI

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