Osama commission summons Pak`s envoy to UK
Last Updated: Monday, December 12, 2011, 21:04
Islamabad: Pakistan's High Commissioner in UK has been summoned by the judicial commission probing Osama bin Laden's presence in the country to explain his remarks that the country's leaders had prior knowledge about the US raid that killed the al Qaeda leader.

Officials said Wajid Shamsul Hasan, considered to be close to President Asif Ali Zardari, had been asked to appear before the commission led by former Supreme Court judge Javed Iqbal in the last week of December.

Shortly after the American military raid that killed bin Laden in the garrison town of Abbottabad on May 2, Hasan had told Western and Indian news channels that Pakistani leaders had been aware of the US operation and that intelligence-sharing between Islamabad and Washington had led the Americans to the al Qaeda chief.

Hasan's remarks were recently reported again in the Pakistani media after Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz made public an alleged secret memo that sought US help to stave off a possible military coup in Pakistan after the killing of bin Laden.

Following the fresh scrutiny of his remarks, Hasan stayed away from a two-day meeting of Pakistani envoys in key world capitals that has been convened to provide recommendations for a proposed foreign policy revamp.

Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner to Britain is attending the meeting that began this morning.

The government has asked the panel to probe how bin Laden's presence in Pakistan went undetected, to investigate circumstances surrounding the 40-minute US operation and the nature and causes of lapses by concerned authorities.


First Published: Monday, December 12, 2011, 21:04

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