President Muharraf of Pakistan told a CBS television audience his government has no extensive plan of action to capture Osama bin Laden. “We are not particularly looking for him, but we are operating against terrorists and Al Qaeda and militant Taliban. And in the process, obviously, combined, maybe we are looking for him also.” He claimed Pakistan’s armed forces had killed about 700 al-Qaeda leaders which is more than any other country has accomplished. Mahmoud Ali Durran, Pakistan’s envoy to the United States, said his president was merely trying to say that neither the US nor his nation had the slightest idea as to the hiding place of bin Laden.
The reality is that Pakistan’s ISI was the group which organized the Taliban and most probably are not that enthusiastic about destroying their creation. The Northwest Region of Pakistan is virtually under the control of tribal chieftains and al-Qaeda wanders around quite free from being captured. Perhaps, the first step in capturing bin Laden is to clean house of Pakistan’s intelligence service.