Pakistani Officials are Pissed Off About Osama bin Laden Raid
Matt | On 09, May 2011
Now I really don’t know how to feel about this one.
Pakistan’s prime minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, and some opposition officials are heated with the U.S. about their raid to catch the world’s most wanted terrorist. The country is the site where Osama bin Laden was captured and killed last Sunday night. The officials feel that Pakistan’s sovereignty has been violated because the U.S. came in unannounced under the cover of night with radar-evading helicopters and raided bin Laden’s compound.
The Pakistani government was never informed in advance of the raid because of the highly-sensitive nature of plans. Also, because bin Laden was found in Pakistan, a nation that “played dumb” about his whereabouts for years, U.S. officials had suspicions that some Pakistanis were purposely hiding bin Laden. Pakistan has denied that, but not without a proper U.S. side-eye.
Despite their differences, Pakistani officials have publicly stated that is important for them to maintain good ties with the U.S. They have said publicly that they are glad that Osama bin Laden has been captured. However, they seem unnerved by the idea that another country could come into their territory and launch the most high-profile raid ever and they have no earthly clue.
It’s an interesting debate in the middle of the biggest news story in years.
Do you think that the U.S. overstepped its bounds and capturing bin Laden without telling the Pakistani government? Or, does the weight of the world’s #1 terrorist outweigh what Pakistan thinks or feels? Let us know…