Obama says Pakistan did not know whereabouts of Bin Laden

Former US president Barack Obama on Friday said Washington does not distinguish between terrorist groups which target India and those that target the United States.

He was speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit — an annual meeting of business tycoons, world leaders and Nobel laureates.

This year’s theme at the summit is “The Irreversible Rise of India”.

During the summit, while speaking to journalist Karan Thapar, Obama pointed out a “consistent problem” that Washington has faced in its relationship with Pakistan.

“Pakistan has been in many ways a partner in fighting against certain terrorist outfits,” Obama said. However, he added that, “there are some elements that sometimes have not been good partners with us.”

Another question Thapar posed to the former US president concerned the 2011 capture of Osama Bin Laden from Abbottabad and Pakistan’s role in the matter.

Thapar asked whether Pakistan had been hiding the Al Qaeda founder and was, therefore, complicit. “Or, unaware and incompetent?”

In response, Obama said that “we had no evidence that Pakistan was aware of his presence — that is something that we looked at.”