Pak Army’s CIA informants arrest ‘effort to divert attention’ from rogue elements: Analyst

Prague, June 19(ANI): The arrest of CIA 'Osama bin Laden' informants by the Pakistan Army indicates that some rogue elements- allegedly complicit in the al Qaeda leader's sheltering in Abbottabad- are "trying to push and divert attention away from themselves," a military affairs analyst, who advises the United States and its NATO allies, has said.

"You can quite easily imagine, for example, that the political leadership-the civilian leadership in Islamabad-had no idea that bin Laden was living in Abbottabad," Sebastian Gorka, a military affairs analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in an interview.

"But at the same time, you could imagine, for example, that the ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence] or that members of the military were well aware of it because, let's be honest, he was within a block and a half of the equivalent of the [U.S. Military Academy at] West Point for Pakistan," he added.

Gorka, who also advises the British military and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), noted that some actors were perhaps deliberately trying to divert attention from themselves.

"What we are seeing is perhaps one of these actors, one of these sub actors inside Pakistan, trying to divert attention consciously," he said.

"Perhaps one of those groups that knows they may be in trouble if the civilian leadership investigates bin Laden's being in Pakistan needs to take a rearguard action and instead of hunting down those people who facilitated his stay in Abbottabad, they are trying to push and divert attention away from themselves," he added.

When told about reports that one of the five CIA informants arrested was a man who owned the property next to bin Laden's compound which was used by the CIA as a safe house, Gorks said: "Well, if that's true, that is very unfortunate."

"If that is the case, then this is clearly a message that Pakistan is sending to America: "Yes, you got bin Laden, but we have ways to get back at you." So if that turns out to be true, that is not a good sign,' he observed.

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