Kaira assails critics of army, secret agencies

PPP's information secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira
LAHORE: PPP’s information secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira hit out at the critics of the armed forces on Wednesday and said it was unfair to expect from the army and intelligence agencies to detect the US helicopters which had taken part in the Abbottabad operation in which Osama Bin Laden was killed.
He said in a statement that the helicopters had flown from an airbase in Afghanistan and were equipped with the latest stealth technology which no other country had, adding that the people blaming the Pakistan Air Force for not being able to track the US helicopters knew nothing about such technology.
He said it was the lack of technological capability of the armed forces which hindered their ability to pre-empt the intrusion of the US helicopters into the country’s airspace.
He said the presence of Bin Laden in Afghanistan, Pakistan or along the border was also a failure of the CIA and MI6 and other international agencies which had been engaged in hunting down the world No-1 fugitive.
The PPP leader said it was unfair to expect from the national security apparatus to contain the operational reach of the only superpower with unimaginable resources.
He said the Abbottabad Commission should withdraw its report and determine whether the country’s armed forces had the capability to see the helicopters with stealth technology on their radars.

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