LAHORE – The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) denied the claim made in a new book that an intelligence official of the Pakistan Army tipped off the US government about the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden.

A forthcoming book by journalist Richard Miniter claims that a senior colonel in Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) directorate walked into the US Embassy in Islamabad in December 2010, five months before the bin Laden raid, and told US officials about the Al-Qaeda chief’s whereabouts. The book also reports that the bin Laden compound was ‘carved out’ of the Pakistan Military Academy Kakul near Abbottabad Kakul and that senior Pakistani military officials may have been briefed on the raid in advance.

Media reports quoted ISPR DG Maj-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa as denying the claim out rightly.

“This is a fabricated story,” he said. “Any such story will not have basis and is an attempt to malign Pakistan and Pakistan Army.”

The tale implies that the ISI had some advance knowledge that bin Laden had been hiding in Abbottabad with several members of his family before the May 1, 2011, US raid, reports quoted Bajwa as saying.

“You can find twists in [the Miniter story] to show as if Pakistan was helping terrorists, which is incorrect,” he said.