Pakistan to allow US to quiz Osama's wives

Posted By: Biswajeet Panda
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Islamabad, May 10: In a significant development, the Pakistani government will allow the United States to quiz the wives of Osama bin Laden who were captured alive during the 'Operation Geronimo' in which the al-Qaeda chief was shot dead.

An anonymous US official was reported by Bloomberg as saying on May 09 that after a response from the Pakistani government, the Obama administration expects to interrogate the bin Laden women soon.

The decision, if true marks a significant climbdown after days of diplomatic tensions between the two countries following the US raid on a mansion in Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Pakistani officials insists that the US should have informed them of the operation and that they have violated its sovereignty.

The US officials on their part have openly expressed their suspicion that Pakistan was in complete knowledge of Osama's stay and providing any prior information about 'Operation Geronimo' to the Pakistani officials might have led to a failure.

Furthermore, the US President on May 9, reaffirmed that his administration wouldn't apologise for violating Pakistan's sovereignty during the raid that killed Osama.

Reacting to Pakistani leaderships rants about the violation of sovereignity, Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary on May 9 said, “We obviously take the statements and concerns of the Pakistani government seriously. But we also do not apologize for the actions that we took."

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