Pak has lot to explain Osamas killing on its soil

Kuala Lumpur: Pakistan, which had denied knowledge of Osama bin Laden`s whereabouts, had a lot to explain in the aftermath of the killing of the dreaded terrorist on its soil, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said here on Tuesday.

"I think Pakistan has a lot to explain on that score," visiting External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told reporters.

His comments came when he was asked to react to constant Pakistani claims that it was not aware of the whereabouts of al-Qaeda chief bin Laden, who was killed in Abbottabad, near Islamabad, yesterday by special US forces

Krishna, who is here on a three-day official visit, made the one line comment after signing the 5th joint commission agreement with his Malaysian counterpart Anifah Aman.

The two ministers, however, refused to take any questions at a joint press conference and instead read out a statement about the joint commission, leaving hordes of Malaysian and other international press disappointed as they wanted to quiz Krishna about Islamabad`s claims and related issues.

Krishna, in a statement yesterday, termed bin Laden`s killing as the "victorious milestone" in the global war against terrorism and said the world "must not let down" its united effort to eliminate the safe havens that have been provided to terrorists in its neighbourhood.