Friday, March 2, 2012

Zardari ordered Army to "Hold Fire" during US Raid on Bin Laden

President Asif Ali Zardari not only approved US Raid to kill Osama bin Laden, but he also ordered Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani to "Hold Fire" and let the Americans conduct Operation Geronimo, said Masoor Ejaz.

Mansoor Ejaz, the whistle blower in Memogate Scandal stated in his Cross-Examination that during US Raid in Abbotabad on 2nd May, President Asif Ali Zardari had told Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani that the US Raid to kill Al-Qaeda Chief Osama bin Laden was conducted with his "Approval".

According to the Documents submitted in the Memogate Commission, the 2nd May Entry at 1:40 says "Office of one Senior Person again received a call from the Office of another Senior Person that no adventure should be undertaken as the Operation was done with his Approval. A Senior Person gives the message that ‘There are few things that I would personally brief you in the morning and nothing should be done now. F-16s should be called back’".

When asked to name the individuals, referred to as Two Senior Officers, who allegedly spoke on the night of the 2nd May Raid, while the Operation Geronimo was in progress, he replied "As far as I know it was Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani and President Asif Ali Zardari."

Elaborating, he added: "I can confirm that the two people that are referred to in the document are, as I understood, after reading carefully the Transcript that I have, they were Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, who received a call from and President Asif Ali Zardari, essentially asking him to stand the F-16s down that were scrambled to take care of the US Choppers present in Pakistani Airspace. As far as I know it was General Kayani and President Zardari in that conversation".

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