ISLAMABAD, May 2: The Abbottabad Commission on the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden will complete its report this month, the government announced on Wednesday.

The commission was supposed to present its report by December last year. A government press release said that reasons for the delay would also be made public.

The Al Qaeda leader was killed in a US raid carried out on May 2 last year.

The report is expected to tell the nation if the Pakistani authorities had prior knowledge of the US raid. It will also find out if Osama bin Laden was actually killed in the attack — a question that has been raised before the commission.

Osama’s brother-in-law Zakaria Al Sadah, who visited Pakistan recently to take his sister and her children back to his country, confirmed to the Pakistani media that Osama had been killed in the raid carried out by US commandos.

A source privy to the inquiry told Dawn that the commission had examined more than 120 witnesses, including officials, surviving members of Osama’s family and the family of two Pakistani brothers who were protecting Osama.


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