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Mush knew of Osama hideout: Pak ex-general

New Delhi -  In a sensational claim, a former Pakistan army general has said that Osama bin Laden had been kept in a "safe house" of Intelligence Bureau in Abbottabad with "full knowledge" of the then ruler Pervez Musharraf and possibly current army chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani. 

Gen Ziauddin Butt, who was appointed as the Pakistan army chief by the then PM Nawaz Sharif but could not take over as Musharraf seized power in coup on the same day on October 12,1999, has reportedly made the claim at a conference in October. 

"In spite of denials by Pakistani military, evidence is emerging that elements within the Pakistani military harboured Osama bin Laden with the knowledge of Musharraf and Kayani," said an article quoting Butt on website of Washington-based think tank Jamestown Foundation. 

According to his knowledge , the former director general of Intelligence Bureau Brigadier (retd) Ijaz Shah, "had kept Osama bin Laden in an Intelligence Bureau safe house in Abbottabad" , Butt has said. The website claimed that "the revelation remained unreported because some intelligence officers had asked journalists to refrain from publishing Butt's remarks. 

Asked whether Kayani knew of this, he first told the TV channel "yes, but later reconsidered : [Kayani] may have known - I do not know - he might not have known" PTI

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