A new diplomatic fight has broken out between the U.S. and Pakistan over the custody of Amal al Sadah, one of Bin Laden's wives who was with him when the terror mastermind was killed.
According to media reports, Pakistan turned down the American demand to interrogate her and even rejected the U.S. request to visit her in a military hospital in Rawalpindi where she was being treated. The navy SEALs had shot her in the leg while she was apparently pushed in front by her husband on seeing the commandos.
Pakistan may have had a huge lump in the throat as it could only whimper against the U.S. for the alleged heavy handedness with which its mighty patron carried out a daring military act and killed Osama Bin Laden.
Driven to the back foot, the Pakistani government did not respond as acutely as most of its constituents would have liked. Probably to compensate for what was seen as a weak response, the government has stood firm over the repatriation of Bin Laden's wife to the U.S.
Pakistan is now saying that Al-Sadah would be sent back to Yemen, from where she hails, rather than let the U.S. have access to her. The Pakistani establishment could be wary that the U.S. would get key details about Pakistan's role in keeping Laden out of reach for the U.S. for 10 years.
The woman, who is 27 years old now, had reportedly married the terror ring leader when she was just 17. Britain's Daily Mail says her marriage to Bin Laden was reportedly arranged to strengthen the terrorist’s links with the Gulf state.