A day after President Obama told 60 Minutes Osama bin Laden must have had a "support network" inside Pakistan that the U.S. and Pakistan need to investigate, Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani (pictured above) spoke to parliament for the first time about bin Laden's death, announcing a military probe into how bin Laden lived undetected for so long. He also, however, denounced the "blame game," calling charges that Pakistani authorities were complicit in hiding bin Laden or merely incompetent "absurd"; bin Laden's decade-long evasion of authorities, he said, represented a failure of "all the intelligence agencies of the world." He called the U.S. raid a "violation of sovereignty" and warned that Pakistan would retaliate against future unilateral strikes with "full force," while also emphasizing the important of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. You can watch Gilani's address here.
The address comes amidst a flurry of news reports this morning about mounting tensions both within Pakistan and between Pakistan and the U.S. As Reuters points out, Pakistan's main opposition party--the Pakistan Muslim League--is demanding that Gilani and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari resign in response to America's violation of Pakistan's sovereignty. Meanwhile, Thomas Donilon, President Obama's national security adviser, called on Sunday for Pakistan to allow American investigators to interview bin Laden's three widows, who "might have information about the comings and goings of people who were aiding him," The New York Times points out. The Guardian notes a further sign of souring relations: Several Pakistani news outlets published the alleged name of a CIA station chief in Islamabad today, though the name appears to be inaccurate. The Guardian adds that a former member of the Pakistan-based extremist group Lashkar-e-Taiba is expected to inform a Chicago court next week that Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI, was complicit in the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.