Abbottabad Commission to submit report by Jan-end

Pakistan’s judicial commission is tasked with probing the US Navy Seals’ operation in Abbottabad that had killed Osama bin Laden.

Islamabad: Pakistan’s judicial commission tasked with probing the US Navy Seals’ operation in Abbottabad that had killed former al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, is expected to finalise its report by the end of this month, the commission’s head has said.

“The commission has completed almost all interviews and investigation and now the process of writing the report is under way,” the Dawn quoted Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal, as saying.

He said the commission has recorded everyone’s statements except that of Pakistan’s High Commissioner to UK Wajid Shamsul Hassan, who has excused himself from appearing before the commission on health grounds.

“We have received the letter of Wajid Shamsul Hassan along with a medical certificate which says that he was not able to appear before the Commission,” Justice Iqbal said.

Justice Iqbal had earlier been reluctant to confirm or reject whether al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was present in the Abbottabad house, which was raided by the US forces on May 02, 2011.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, subsequently, cleared the air by asking the National Assembly that who had allowed Osama to enter the country.

The judicial commission will evaluate lapses on the part of Pakistan’s security forces and intelligence agencies that allowed US Navy Seals to conduct the 40-minute operation and kill bin Laden.


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