Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has landed himself in hot water as netizens train guns at him for saying that “Pakistan army and intelligence agency trained global terror outfit Al Qaeda”.
Speaking at the Council of Foreign Relations in New York on Monday, when asked if any investigation was conducted by Pakistan over Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden’s capture in Abbottabad by United States (US) forces, the premier said that there had been a probe.
“I know that the Abbottabad commission sat down. I don’t know what the conclusion was. But I can tell you one thing. You see I go back again. The Pakistan army and ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence] trained Al Qaeda and all these groups to fight in Afghanistan. There were always links between them. There has to be links because they trained them.”
“Now as I said after the 9/11, when we did a 180-degree turn and went after those groups. You know not everyone agreed with it. Within the army, people did not agree with this. And so as I said there were insider attacks. There were two suicide attacks on General Musharraf.”
“As far as I think, there was a statement by President Obama that Pakistan army, military and ISI had no idea about this because I know they were listening to the conversations the night the raid took place. And if there was any link, it was at a lower level,” he added.
PM Imran’s statements were not very well received by Twitterati, mainly journalists, who took to the micro-blogging website to criticise him.