Abbottabad Commission Chairman, Justice (Retd)Javed Iqbal records statements of notable of the area and civil officers of district administration in Islamabad on Tuesday. – PPI Photo

ISLAMABAD: The inquiry commission on the May 2 US operation in Abbottabad has sought the help of legal experts on international affairs to ascertain whether the US military operation was conducted under the UN’s charter or not, informed sources told Dawn on Tuesday.

The commission has called senior lawyer Ahmer Bilal Soofi for a meeting which will be held on Wednesday.

“I have been called to the meeting to give a detailed presentation on international affairs related to the Abbottabad operation,” Mr Soofi said.

Sources said the commission wanted to know whether International Security Assistance Force (Isaf), which has been fighting Al Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan, had the mandate to conduct military operation in Abbottabad to hunt down Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden.

The commission will also examine the UN Resolution 1267 (1999) adopted by the Security Council at its meeting on October 15, 1999.

It is claimed that the under the UN resolution and the UN Charter, Isaf could conduct air raid in any country to hunt down Al Qaeda leaders.

Later, the commission in its meeting recorded statements of some local people of Abbottabad in connection with the May 2 US raid. Those who were interviewed were: Constable Nazar Muhammad, Muhammad Irshad, Maj (retd) Amir Aziz and Wajid Khan.

The commission headed by Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal will meet again on Wednesday.

The meeting was also attended by other members of the commission, Abbas Khan, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, and Lt-Gen (retd) Nadeem Ahmed.

Before this, the commission sought details of families of foreign nationals having links to Al Qaeda, who were arrested in Pakistan.