Pakistan denies it gave China access to US chopper debris

August 16th, 2011 - 1:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Aug 16 (IANS) Pakistan has denied a media report that it gave China access to the wreckage of the US stealth helicopter that crashed during a commando raid to kill Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Osama was gunned down in Abbottabad city May 2. One of two stealth helicopters, which had flown into the country undetected, crashed during the operation at the Al Qaeda leader’s high walled mansion.

The Financial Times had reported Pakistan permitted Chinese intelligence officials to take pictures of the wreckage and take samples of its special “skin” that allowed it to evade the radars.

Though the US commandos had blown up the wreckage, the tail section of the helicopter was largely intact. The tail section was later returned to the US.

Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) director general, Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, said Monday that the assertion made in the media report was not true.

He rejected the report and expressed surprise at the extent of ‘kite flying’ some section of the foreign press was indulging in, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.

General Abbas also criticized a section of the foreign media for launching a malicious campaign against Pakistan security organisations and asked them to verify and cross-check rather than relying on “unnamed officials”.

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