Osama bin Laden’s killing: Abbottabad Commission completes probe report

Saturday, December 8th, 2012 12:42:04 by

After taking enough time, the Abbottabad Commission has finally completed its report on the covert U.S. military operation that led to the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, says media reports.


The commission is expected to submit the 700-page report to the government during this month. Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal has been heading the probe into the circumstances under which Osama was killed.


On May 2, 2011, US commandos had raided a compound in Abbottabad to capture the former al Qaeda chief who had been living there for more than five years.


The government subsequently formed a five-member judicial commission to probe the presence of Bin Laden so close to Pakistan’s premier military training facility and the circumstances leading to his death in the raid by US troops. The commission held investigations, examined witnesses and conducted field missions.


Dawn.com reported that the investigative report includes written statements and statements under oaths from high-ranking civil and military officials as well as statements from the members of Osama’s family. The statements reportedly affirm that the Al Qaeda chief was present in the compound at the time of the operation.


Moreover, the commission also states some 200 recommendations for the government. The commission has kept parts of the report as classified and it would be left up to the government’s discretion as to whether or not those sections may be made public.


“Two members of the commission have signed the report but Abbas Khan, who is currently abroad for medical treatment, has yet to sign it. Furthermore, an important meeting of the commission is expected next week”, Dawn added.


The terms of reference of the commission constituted in June 2011 were: (a) to ascertain full facts regarding the presence of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan; (b) investigate circumstances and facts regarding the US operation in Abbottabad on 2nd May, 2011; (c) determine the nature, background and causes of lapses of authorities concerned, if any; and (d) make consequential recommendations.

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