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Musharraf: Pakistan incompetent, not complicit, in Osama snafu

Former Pakistan president calls spy agency negligent and inept, but not traitorous
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf speaks during a discussion on 'US-Pakistan Relations' organized by the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center in Washington, DC, on November 10, 2010. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf claimed Pakistan's intelligence agency was negligent and inept in failing to find Osama Bin Laden's hide-out in Abbottabad, but not complicit in hiding him, reports the BBC.

Musharraf denied that anyone from the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) knew the al-Qaeda leader was living in Pakistan, the news channel reported. But he told BBC Newsnight it was "very difficult to prove non-complicity" between the ISI and al-Qaeda elements.

In a statement reminiscent of the classic line from Casablanca, Musharraf said he had been "surprised and shocked" to discover Bin Laden had been living in the Abbottabad compound just 40 miles from Islamabad, the BBC said.

Perhaps if enough people keep saying it, the story will take.