Report assails Pakistani officials over bin Laden

Pakistan Daily Life

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A leaked Pakistani government report castigates the country’s military and civilian leaders for failing to detect the presence of Osama bin Laden for years.

The 336-page report was written by a commission tasked by the government to investigate the circumstances surrounding the covert U.S. raid that killed the al-Qaida founder in May 2011. Al-Jazeera published the report on its website Monday.

Pakistani officials did not respond to requests to comment on the report’s authenticity.

The report said failure to detect bin Laden as he lived in the country for nine years represented “culpable negligence and incompetence” at practically all levels of government.

The criticism of the military and intelligence agencies was noteworthy in a country where officials often steer clear of taking these powerful groups to task.

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