Pak failed to detect Osama's presence for 9 years: Report

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Islamabad, July 9: A leaked report has accused the Pakistan government of complacency and failure that allowed slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to live undetected in that country for nearly a decade.

Al-Jazeera has published a copy of the report on its website after getting it from a Pakistani commission. It was submitted six months ago but was kept hidden by the government.

Observers feel the strong criticism of the failure is bound to embarrass Pakistan's intelligence and military authorities, considered to be strong entities. Laden was tracked by the Central Intelligence Agency in Abbottabad in northwestern Pakistan where he was shot by US Navy SEALs in May 2011 in a clandestine raid near the military academy of Pakistan.

According to the copy of the report leaked, the al-Qaeda leader stayed at Abbottabad Cantonment due to a collective failure of the military, intelligence, police and the civil authorities.

Laden's wives had revealed that the man fled Afghanistan after the USA invaded that country in October 2001, following the 9/11 attacks, to arrive in Pakistan in early 2002 and stayed there till his death. He had reportedly moved to Abbottabad in 2005 but the Pakistani authorities failed to take note of top security arrangements and other abnormalities at his villa.

The report said that had the Pakistani authorities treated the matter with professionalism, then the charges against the USA's violation of Pakistan's sovereignty to nail Laden might not have occurred.

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