LAHORE - We were expecting that in his address to the National Assembly Prime Minister Gilani will let the nation know about what precisely had happened on May 2 in Abbottabad, when four US helicopters raided a compound stated to be the hideout of Osama Bin Laden and killed him in a 40-minute operation. We were also hoping that the prime minister will enlighten the nation on why our defence system could not detect the entry of the choppers so deep into Pakistans territory and in total violation of the sovereignty of the only nuclear power of the Islamic world. We also thought he would tell us why our intelligence agencies, despite their superb performance record in the past, could not get information that OBL was living so close to our military academy in Kakul. People were also keen to know as to what information had been given by OBLs family members to the investigators, and whether it was true that before moving to Abbottabad the family had spent more than two years in a Haripur village. They also wanted to listen from the prime minister as to why the killers had buried OBL at sea if he was really the same man the US was looking for and had spent about $3 trillion to trace him during the past one decade. This question is quite relevant because many people think that the man killed in the Abbottabad operation was not OBL. (Even an Iranian minister has been quoted as saying that OBL had died some years ago.) But, unfortunately, our 'journalist prime minister did not answer a single question in his written speech in English, which his critics say was in fact for his 'foreign masters. It is regrettable that even a week after the tragic failure, the nation is still groping in the dark. Whatever information about the episode is available has come from other countries, mainly the US, which is totally one-sided. The attitude of the Pakistani leadership has not been as serious as it should have been in view of the gravity of the situation. Still more painful is the fact that the statements given by the political and military leadership on the subject refute the impression that the two are on the same page. The issue of countrys sovereignty should have been addressed immediately. The government should have called an emergency session of parliament the day the incident had taken place. But the prime minister preferred to proceed on his scheduled visit to France, which could have been delayed on the basis of situation at home. The president instead of saying anything on the matter wrote an article in an American newspaper, and his spokesman told a local daily that his boss would speak at an appropriate time. Thereafter, the president, who is also co-chairman of the ruling PPP, went for a visit to Kuwait. Our interior minister, who is one of the most informed people of the country, also went on a visit to Saudi Arabia, where he is reported to have said in an interview that he knew about the operation 15 minutes after the launch, but was unaware of the target. Our leaders certainly discussed the Osama issue with the countries they visited. However, they did not like to share the information with the nation. Now, we have been told that the military leadership will brief the parliament during an in-camera session on May 13. In other words even the elected representatives would have to wait for another five days. There is no explanation as to why the prime minister did not have the information when he was supposed to make a 'policy statement before the National Assembly. What he said was a statement, without any policy. As a matter of fact, he did not say anything new. And whatever he said was already a common knowledge. About the threat to the countrys nuclear assets, the prime minister said Let no one draw any wrong conclusions. Any attack against Pakistans strategic assets whether over or covert will find a matching response. The government has been making similar statements about drone attacks. At one session the parliament the elected representatives had urged the government to retaliate whenever a drone attack is launched. Hundreds of people have been killed drone attacks after the said parliament session, but the government is still to come up with any response. The military leadership has said it time and again that the country has the capability to shoot down drones, but the political decision has to be taken by the government. There is little hope that a government which came into power as a result of a US-brokered deal and is dependent on US crutches will ever dare take a decision which can make the nation proud. Gilanis statement without a policy