Gilani approves Osama, Shahzad probe commissions

Pak PM approved formal proposals for creating two inquiry commissions to probe the failure of authorities to detect Osama bin Laden`s presence in Pakistan and the killing of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad.

Last Updated: Jun 21, 2011, 23:13 PM IST

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani on Tuesday approved formal proposals for creating two
inquiry commissions to probe the failure of authorities to
detect Osama bin Laden`s presence in Pakistan and the killing
of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry
yesterday permitted two judges to head the commissions, paving
the way for the panels to begin their work.

Though the government formed the panels and appointed
two judges to head them, the judges refused to take up the
responsibility on the ground that the Chief Justice had not
been consulted.

The commission led by Justice Javed Iqbal will
ascertain the full facts regarding Osama bin Laden`s presence
in Pakistan and investigate the circumstances and facts
regarding the US operation in the garrison city of Abbottabad
that killed the al Qaeda leader on May 2.

The panel will also "determine the nature, background
and causes of lapses of concerned authorities, if any" and
make "consequential recommendations", an official statement
said.

The other members of the commission are Abbas Khan,
former diplomat Ashraf Jehangir Qazi and Lt Gen (retired)
Nadeem Ahmed.

The second panel to probe the abduction and killing of
journalist Shahzad will be headed by Justice Saqib Nisar.
Its other members are Agha Rafiq Ahmed, Chief Justice
of the Federal Shariah Court, the police chiefs of Punjab and
Islamabad and the president of the Pakistan Federal Union of
Journalists.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had directed
the federal government to form a commission to probe the
murder of Shahzad.

A bench headed by the Chief Justice issued the order
while hearing a petition filed by the Pakistan Federal Union
of Journalists.

The court subsequently disposed of the petition.

PTI