Pakistani PM calls Bin Laden death 'justice' but warns against future raids

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's Prime Minister is echoing President Barack Obama, telling Parliament Osama Bin Laden's death was "indeed justice done."

But at the same time, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is warning the U.S. against any future raids similar to the one that killed the Al-Qaida leader last week.

Pakistan's military and intelligence service have been heavily criticized both for failing to stop the U.S. operation and failing to find Bin Laden. In his first address to Parliament since the raid, Gilani rejected allegations Pakistan knew where Bin Laden was hiding. He called it "disingenuous" to suggest Pakistan's state institutions were "in cahoots with Al-Qaida," recalling the "waves of terrorist attacks" in Pakistan.

While acknowledging "there has been an intelligence failure," Gilani said that failure belonged not only to Pakistan but "all the intelligence agencies of the world."

The Premier insisted relations with Washington remain strong. But he also warned the U.S. against carrying unilateral, covert raids in the future, saying they could be met with forceful retaliation.
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