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Osama bin Laden—File Photo
Al Qaeda Chief Osama bin Laden.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The much-awaited report of the investigation into the US attack in which Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed has been completed and is likely to be presented to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf this week by the Abbottabad Commission’s chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.

The report prepared in more than one and a half years is expected to generate a fresh debate on the killing of Osama in a 40-minute midnight air raid by US Navy Seals in Abbottabad on May 2 last year.

A private TV channel quoted Justice (retd) Iqbal as saying that the report had been completed and was likely to be presented to the prime minister on Monday.

However, the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Shafqat Jalil said no meeting between Justice (retd) Iqbal and the premier was scheduled on Monday.

According to sources, the 400-page report contains the statements of more than 300 people and references to over 7,000 letters and other documents relating to Osama bin Laden.

The terms of reference of the commission were “to ascertain the full facts regarding the presence of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, to investigate circumstances and facts regarding the US operation in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011. Determine the nature, background and causes of lapses of the concerned authorities, if any, and to make consequential recommendations.”

According the commission’s chief it examined more than 1,500 witnesses, including, surviving members of the families of Osama and two Pakistani brothers who were protecting him, secretaries of ministries, civilian officials concerned in Islamabad, and local officials, notables, neighbours, media personnel and military and intelligence personnel of Abbottabad.

The commission conducted five field missions, met people of Torghar town and also visited Kala Dhaka.

It also examined the extent to which systemic dysfunction, including lack of policy planning and democratically approved frameworks of national policy with appropriate implementation, oversight and review mechanisms, were responsible for the incident, as well as several serious developments preceding and following it.

On Dec 11 last year, the commission’s chairman had said in a press conference that the report would be released by the end of that year.

Comments (8) Closed

Mashman Dec 31, 2012 05:53am
Why are we wasting taxpayers hard earned money to probe the killing of a murderer. Let us put our energy and efforts to solve the pressing issues such as poverty, hunger, women rigths and the list goes on that presently our nation faces.
aamanpur622 Dec 31, 2012 03:57am
They cannot find people who murdered BNB...where is that report??
Khurram Dec 31, 2012 03:51am
Finally a report that says Osama was in Abbottabad and was killed by US forces.
Cyrus Howell Dec 31, 2012 06:23am
It was not long after 9-11 Osama realized the entire might of the US government was coming after him that he released an audio tape basically saying, "It you leave us alone then we will leave you alone." He had lost his nerve. These militants think killing is a game until it is time for them to die. Osama had already seen the writing on the wall in Torabora. He dug in deep. It did not save him. There was no Muslim ummah.
GQ Dec 31, 2012 04:04am
Dear writer, Kala Dhaka and Torghar are two names of the same area. Kala Dhaka is historic name of the area, which is renamed as Torghar following its separation from Mansehra district and declaring it as a district during the tenure of current ANP government. Both names (old one in local langauge and the new in Pashto) have same meanings, Black Mountain.
numbersnumbers Dec 31, 2012 04:23am
Waiting to see the movie "Zero Dark Thirty" to see what really happened! Maybe the Abbottabad Commission also had to see the movie first!
kashif Dec 31, 2012 06:01am
Probe into Osama death Invetigation report.........HA.HA.HA.HA.HA
Subramanyam Sridharan Dec 31, 2012 06:03am
Will the Government also release investigation report into the assassination of Quaid-e-Millat along with this ?