Statsminister Yousaf Gilani rettet i en tale kritikk mot USA, både for at al Qaida var i landet og for raidet som drepte bin Laden. Han valgte derimot helhjertet å forsvare den mektige sikkerhetstjenesten ISI.
Talen skulle liksom være den pakistanske regjerings svar på hvordan det kunne ha seg at bin Laden hadde bodd i en militærdominert by i minst fem år.
Men det hadde ikke Gilani noe forklaring på. Han sa hele verden måtte dele dette ansvaret.
I stedet spilte han opprørt over USA krenkelse av pakistansk territorium og lovte at det ikke ville bli tålt en gang til. Da ville det få alvorlige konsekvenser.
Er Gilani i en posisjon hvor han kan komme med slike anklager? Forholdet til USA er på et lavmål, i stedet velger han å spille for galleriet.
“No other country in the world and no other security agency has done so much to interdict Al Qaeda than the ISI and our armed forces,” he said. But Mr. Gilani did not explain how Al Qaeda’s leader managed to remain sequestered for five years in the garrison city of Abbottabad, about 75 miles by road from the national capital.
Mr. Gilani’s account of the history of Al Qaeda essentially blamed the United States for allowing Islamic militants to take hold in Pakistan.
“We didn’t invite Osama bin Laden to Pakistan or Afghanistan,” he said.
The United States, he said, had encouraged the Islamic militants that fought against the Soviet Union to disperse into Pakistan after that war was over in the late 1980s. Similarly, he said, the bombings of Al Qaeda militants at Tora Bora after the Sept. 11 attacks “resulted in the dispersal of Al Qaeda.”
“We had cautioned international forces on a flawed military campaign,” Mr. Gilani said.
After the live broadcast of the speech, a leading Pakistani journalist, Mohammed Ziauddin, said the prime minister had failed to answer critical questions.
“People have to be told the real facts, they can’t be glossed over,” said Mr. Ziauddin, the executive editor of The Express Tribune.
In unusually blunt statements, some politicians and journalists have called for a full public inquiry and have suggested that “heads should roll.” But the prime minister’s address fell short of both demands.
A close military aide to General Kayani, Lt. Gen. Javed Iqbal, who is the adjutant general of the army, would conduct the inquiry, Mr. Gilani said.