WASHINGTON – Former ISI chief General Ziauddin Khawaja has accused former president Pervez Musharraf of knowing where Osama bin Laden was hiding and saying nothing, reported Daily The Beast.

General Ziauddin Khawaja, also known as Ziauddin Butt, said Pervez Musharraf knew Osama bin Laden was in Abbottabad. Ziauddin said the safehouse in Abbottabad was made to order for bin Laden by another Pakistani intelligence officer, Brigadier General Ijaz Shah, who was the ISI bureau head in Lahore when Musharraf staged his coup. Musharraf later made him head of the intelligence bureau, the ISI’s rival intelligence in Pakistan’s spy versus spy wars. Ziauddin said Ijaz Shah was responsible for setting up bin Laden in Abbottabad, ensuring his safety and keeping him hidden from the outside. Without a doubt, Ziauddin has an axe to grind. But he is also well tied in to the Pakistani intelligence world.

 When he was ISI DG, he set up a special commando team to find and capture bin Laden with US help. Elite commandoes from Special Services Group, Pakistan’s SEALs, were put on the hunt. Musharraf disbanded the group after he took power.  Ziauddin’s successor at the ISI, General Ahmad, refused American requests to go after bin Laden right up to 9/11. Then Musharraf had to fire him because even after 9/11, he did not want to do anything to bring bin Laden to justice.