Why Has Pakistan Targeted Informants Who Helped Track Bin Laden?

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From TIME’s Islamabad contributor Omar Waraich.

In the days following the raid that discovered and killed Osama bin Laden, Pakistan’s top spymaster recalled that he had long made his feelings plain to his American allies. Where the two countries’ interests meet, Lieut. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha told a select group of journalists, there would be co-operation. But where the U.S.’s interests were deemed to be acting against Pakistan’s own, it would be a very different matter. “We’ll not help you,” the head of Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) quoted himself as telling his American counterparts. “We’ll resist you.”

Now, Pasha seems to be making good on that promise. Stung by the embarrassment of bin Laden’s discovery in a garrison town just two hours away from the Pakistani capital, and the humiliation of the U.S. carrying out a unilateral raid, the ISI has apparently gone after the Pakistanis who helped them pull it off. Five Pakistani informants, including an Army major, who furnished the CIA with crucial leads about bin Laden’s compound have been taken into custody by the ISI, the New York Times reported.

The Pakistani military angrily denies that a major — reported to have tracked the license plates of cars visiting bin Laden’s compound — has been taken into custody.

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