Hizbul Mujahedeen owned Osama’s mansion?

Pakistan is hushing up the issue of the ownership of the compound, a report claimed.

Updated: May 04, 2011, 22:20 PM IST

Toronto: Hizbul Mujahedeen, a militant
group active in Kashmir, owned the mansion in the scenic town
of Abbottabad where Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces, a
Canadian newspaper has reported, claiming that Pakistan is
hushing up the issue of the ownership of the compound.

There are indications emerging that the terror
mastermind was sheltered by one of the militant groups that
has enjoyed tolerance, if not support, from Pakistani military
intelligence services, Globe and Mail reported.

The paper quoted a Pakistani police officer familiar
with bin Laden`s compound to say the house was used by Hizbul
Mujahedeen. The group`s chief Syed Salahuddin is based in PoK
capital Muzaffarabad.

Pakistan has denied any collusion with terrorists,
saying that its leading intelligence service had been sharing
information with US counterparts since 2009 about the compound
where bin Laden was found.

In the wake of the raid, Islamabad scrambled to ensure
that precise ownership of the compound would not become public
knowledge, the paper said quoting Pakistani officials.

"The place belonged to Hizbul Mujahedeen," the police
officer said.

"But the authorities have asked us not to share any
information about the exact ownership."

Land-registry officials in Abbottabad, known in the
local language as patwaris, were summoned to a meeting
yesterday and urged to keep quiet.

"The patwaris are meeting right now," a local official

"They are being instructed not to say anything about
the land-ownership issue."

American officials have described the owners as
"brothers", and neighbours recalled seeing a pair of men,
possibly ethnic Pashtuns from the rugged western frontier, who
largely kept to themselves.

Their names were reported in local media as Bara Khan
and Chota Khan, or Arshad Pathan and Chota Pathan.

A Pakistani official said the mystery surrounding the
two men has deepened with the discovery that their national
identity cards were faked.

Demands grew louder yesterday for an investigation
that would determine what support bin Laden received inside

"If I were a prosecutor at the United States
Department of Justice...I would be tempted to call a grand
jury," wrote Steve Coll, a Pulitzer-winning biographer of bin

"Who owned the land on which the house was

If the ownership were traced to Hizbul, it would mark
an unusual example of co-operation between the militant group
and its more extreme cousin, al-Qaeda. Hizbul has maintained a
narrow focus on removing Indian forces from Kashmir, while
al-Qaeda pursues global ambitions.

"This is the first time I`ve heard of links between
Hizbul Mujahedeen and Osama, but its members would probably
admire him," said Kamran Bokhari of Stratfor international