Osama killing: Pak to appoint new probe commission

Pakistan will appoint a new commission to ascertain the facts about Osama bin Laden`s presence in the country.

Islamabad: Pakistan will appoint a new
commission to ascertain the facts about Osama bin Laden`s
presence in the country and to probe the unilateral US raid
that killed the al Qaeda chief.

Law Minister Maula Bakhsh Chandio on Saturday said a new
commission will soon be set to start the investigation.

"Consultations are under way for the new panel," he
told Dawn News channel.

A previous panel appointed by Prime Minister Yousuf
Raza Gilani in late May faced controversy even before it could
begin its work, with the head of the commission and a member
dropping out on the grounds that the government had not
conducted consultations before naming them.

Gilani had formed a five-member commission to be
headed by Supreme Court Justice Javed Iqbal, who said the
Chief Justice was not consulted before he was named the chief
of the panel.

Former Supreme Court judge Fakhruddin G Ibrahim, who
was made a member of the Commission, too refused to be part of
the panel.

Legal experts insisted that a judge cannot be made the
head of an investigation panel unless permission is sought
from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Bar Association chairperson Asma
Jehangir had raised objections regarding the Commission and
said the Chief Justice should have been informed prior to
Iqbal`s nomination as the head of the body.

Opposition leader and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif asked
the government to form an independent and powerful commission
to expose all mysteries surrounding bin Laden`s presence in
the country and the failure of intelligence agencies to detect
the US military helicopters that participated in the raid
against the al Qaeda leader.

The unilateral US raid that killed bin Laden in the
garrison city of Abbottabad on May 2 had sparked widespread
protests across the country as the air force`s radar system
did not detect the movement of the American helicopters that
participated in the 40-minute operation.

Officials said the commission`s mandate includes
establishing "the full facts" regarding Osama`s presence in
Pakistan and details about the US incursion.

The commission will determine the nature, background
and causes of lapses of authorities, if any.

The commission will also make consequential
recommendations.

PTI

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