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Abbottabad commission visits PAF HQ

September 11, 2011

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Justice Javed Iqbal. - File Photo

ISLAMABAD, Sept 10: The inquiry commission on the May 2 Abbottabad raid by US commandos visited the PAF headquarters in Chaklala on Saturday and received a briefing about functioning of the radar system.

The Air Officer Commanding of Air Defence Command highlighted events leading to the Abbottabad operation in his presentation..

The commission, headed by Justice Javed Iqbal, comprises Abbas Khan, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi and Lt-Gen (retd) Nadeem Ahmed.

The PAF officer explained the functioning of radar system and various locations of low and high altitude PAF radars and their operational readiness during war and peace time.

He indicated situations where the radar system could not detect an intruding aircraft or helicopter because of terrain limitations. He said the PAF had maintained peace time posture on its western borders for the past many years and prior to May 2.

The commission was also briefed by pilots who flew aircraft for scanning the area for any intruders on the night between May 1 and 2.

On learning about the operation, the PAF immediately took adequate operational measures as per standard operating procedure.

The PAF aircraft continued their presence in Abbottabad area till early morning and later returned to their air bases.