ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday dismissed as absurd accusations that Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden must have benefited from official complicity or incompetence to hide out in Pakistan. Addressing parliament in his first comments since bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs a week ago less than a mile from a top military academy, Gilani promised an investigation, to be led by a top general. He said that he had full confidence in the high command of the Pakistan Armed Forces and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). We are determined to get to the bottom of how, when and why about OBLs presence in Abbottabad, he said. Allegations of complicity or incompetence are absurd. We emphatically reject such accusations. About Americas covert action on Pakistani soil, Gilani said: Unilateralism runs the inherent risk of serious consequences. Gilani deflected criticism, blaming all intelligence agencies of the world for the failure to locate bin Laden, and adding: Pakistan is not responsible for birth of Al-Qaeda. Referring to US funding for the 1990s war against Soviet troops in Afghanistan, which ultimately gave birth to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, Gilani said it was unfair for Pakistan to take all blame. Collectively, we must acknowledge facts and see our faces in the mirror of history. Pakistan alone cannot be held to account for flawed policies and blunders of others, he said in his televised speech. We did not invite Osama bin Laden to Pakistan or even to Afghanistan. Gilani also insisted Pakistan reserves the right to retaliate with full force, although he stopped short of spelling what, if anything, would be done if the US staged another unilateral high-profile anti-terror raid. Opposition politicians have stepped up their criticism of Pakistans leaders over the killing of bin Laden in a raid by US special forces in a northern Pakistani town on May 2. Prime Minister Gilani, while dispelling allegations of complicity or incompetence on security agencies, said the ISI prosecuted anti-terror strategy with a high degree of professionalism and superb determination. It is disingenuous for anyone to blame Pakistan or State institutions of Pakistan including the ISI and the Armed Forces for being in cahoots with the Al-Qaeda. He said it was Al-Qaeda and its affiliates that carried out hundreds of suicide bombings in nearly every town and city of Pakistan and also targeted political leaders, State institutions, the ISI and the General Headquarters. The Prime Minister said, We will not allow our detractors to succeed in offloading their own shortcomings and errors of omission and commission in a blame game that stigmatises Pakistan. Gilani said the issue of the hideout needs a rational answer, adding recrimination and misplaced rhetoric is self-defeating. The Prime Minister however admitted that there has been an intelligence failure but added it is not only ours but of all the intelligence agencies of the world. He said the Al-Qaeda chief along with other Al-Qaeda operators had managed to elude global intelligence agencies for a long time. He was constantly being tracked not only by the ISI but also by other intelligence agencies, he added. The Prime Minister said, It was the ISI that passed key leads to CIA that enabled the US intelligence to use superior technological assets and focus on the area in which Osama bin Laden was eventually found. Gilani said, In fact, for the first time, our Armed Forces were deployed in the Tirah Valley to form a security cordon to interdict Al-Qaeda during the Tora Bora bombings. He said in that operation, 248 Al-Qaeda members were captured by the Armed Forces of Pakistan. The Prime Minister further said, some 40 of the key Al-Qaeda operatives including Chief Operation Officer Faraj Al Libbi and Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, the master planner of 9/11, were captured by the ISI. He said, No other country in the world and no other security agency has done so much to interdict Al-Qaeda than the ISI and our Armed Forces. The Prime Minister said, Let me also affirm the Governments full confidence in the high command of the Pakistan Armed Forces and the Inter Services Intelligence. He said indeed the ISI is a national asset and has the full support of the Government. We are proud of its considerable accomplishments in the anti-terror campaign, he added. Regretting the US unilateral action, Prime Minister Gilani said: Let no one draw any wrong conclusions. Any attack against Pakistans strategic assets whether overt or covert will find a matching response. No one should underestimate the resolve and capability of our nation and Armed Forces to defend our sacred homeland, he said amidst heavy thumping of desks by the parliamentarians. He said an investigation into the matter had been ordered which shall be conducted by Adjutant General of the Pakistan Army Lt Gen Javed Iqbal. He also informed the Parliament that the US used its technological ability to evade Pakistans radar system. The Prime Minister pointing to the US military operation said: Our people are rightly incensed on the issue of violation of sovereignty as typified by the covert US air and ground assault on the Osama hideout in Abbottabad. He said it has raised questions about Pakistans defence capability and the security of countrys strategic assets. He said the Abbottabad episode illustrates that Pakistans military quickly responded to the US Forces covert incursion. The Air Force was ordered to scramble. Ground units arrived at the scene quickly ... Our response demonstrates that our Armed Forces reacted, as was expected of them. He, however, said that there was no denying the US technological ability to evade radars. We regret that this unilateral action was undertaken without our concurrence, Gilani said. He said there were legal and moral issues that relate to the question of sovereignty and pointed that the Security Council while exhorting UN member states to join their efforts against terrorism has repeatedly emphasised that this be done in accordance with international law, human rights and humanitarian law. Regarding the drone attacks inside the Pakistan territory, the Prime Minister said Pakistan has repeatedly said these attacks constitute a violation of Pakistans sovereignty and were counter productive. On this question which relates to operational matters, we have strong differences with the United States, he added. The Prime Minister also emphatically rejected that the media spin-masters have tended to portray a false divide between the state institutions of Pakistan. Prime Minister Gilani said political leadership was supportive of the strengthening of all of Pakistans institutions. On all key issues, all stakeholders are consulted through inter-agency processes. The statements issued by the Foreign Ministry and the Military on the death of Osama bin Laden were authorised by the Government, he said. Terming Parliament as the right forum to discuss national issues, Gilani said the joint session of the Parliament had been called on May 13 and directed the concerned services authorities in the Armed Forces to give an in-camera briefing to the joint session on the subject. Prime Minister Gilani who had extensive interaction with President Asif Ali Zardari and the Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani over the issue told the Parliament that all state institutions were in complete harmony. Pakistan will not relent in this national cause and was determined not to let its soil be used for terrorism. Gilani underscored that Pakistan is confident of its bright future, adding that people are its real strength who are determined to overcome all challenges. He mentioned of the ongoing multi-track process of engagement with all major powers including the United States. He said Pakistans engagement with states within the region was being intensified in the interest of shared stability and prosperity. He termed counter-terrorism as a national priority and said as Al-Qaeda had declared the war on Pakistan, Osama Bin Ladens elimination from the scene attested to the success of the anti-terror campaign. Gilani called intelligence cooperation critical for the attainment of goals of anti-terrorism, adding that blame game serves no purpose. No other nation has successfully met so many challenges. No other people have been put to so many tests by history and by circumstances of geography and geopolitics. No other nation has borne the collective burden of the international community, he said. Gilani said Pakistan suffered from the effects of the bygone era when the Afghans and Mujahideen were persuaded by the US officials to wage Jihad as a national duty and in the name of Islam. He said the international community must recall the decade of the 90s which saw the Arab volunteers that joined the Jihad mutate into Al-Qaeda. He repeated the questions, who was responsible for the birth of Al-Qaeda and for making the myth of Osama bin Laden. It is fair to ask who was Osama bin Laden and what did he personify? Gilani categorically said. The Prime Minister called Osama bin Laden as the most wanted terrorist and enemy number one of the civilized world. He said elimination of Osama bin Laden, who launched waves after waves of terrorists attacks against innocent Pakistanis, was indeed justice done. However, we are not so naive to declare victory; mission accomplished, and turn around, he said. He said the myth and legacy of Osama bin Laden remained to be demolished, adding that the anger and frustration of ordinary people over injustice, oppression and tyranny that he sought to harness to fuel the fire of terrorism in the world, needed to be addressed. Gilani said Pakistan had already cautioned the international forces on the consequences of a flawed military campaign that could lead to the dispersal of Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda leaders and foot soldiers sought hideouts everywhere, in the mountains, and deep inside cities, including Pakistan, he said. He said Pakistan and the US had strategic convergence, adding that the dissonance that finds hype in the media, is about operational and tactical matters. We have, however, agreed that whenever we find ourselves on conflicting paths and disagree, we should make efforts to reach common understanding by deeper and more intense exchange of views, he said. He said Pak-US communications at the official and diplomatic levels had been good, productive and straight forward and that had agreed to a calendar of engagements. He mentioned that Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US had agreed to form a Core Group for promoting and facilitating efforts for reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan. He said there had been a sea change in relations with Afghanistan, adding that the destiny of Afghanistan and Pakistan was interlinked. With India, Gilani said Pakistan embarked on an important process of engagement that should yield dividends for two peoples and for peoples of South Asia, as a whole. The Prime Minister said, Pakistan has lost some 30,000 men, women and children and more than 5,000 armed forces personnel and billions of dollars as economic costs in the war. We do not intend to put a price or seek acknowledgement or recognition from anyone.