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PAF officials brief Pak probe panel on Osama raid

Last Updated: Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 21:54

Islamabad: A Pakistani panel probing the
secret US military raid that killed Osama bin Laden was on Saturday
briefed by senior air force officials, ahead of its key visit
to the al Qaeda chief`s compound in Abbottabad next week.

The commission, which is headed by a former Supreme Court
judge, visited the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) headquarters,
where the chief of the Headquarters Air Defence Command
briefed its members on events leading up to the American
operation in Abbottabad on May 2.

The panel was informed about the locations of low and
high-altitude radars and their operational readiness during
war and peace time, an official statement said.

The chief of the Headquarters Air Defence Command
indicated situations where the radar system cannot detect an
intruding aircraftor helicopter due to terrain limitations.

He said for the past many years and before May 2, PAF had
maintained a "peace time posture" on its western border with

The commission was also briefed by pilots who flew
aircraft for scanning the area for any intruders on the night
between May 1 and 2.

"On learning about the operation, PAF immediately took
adequate operational measures as per standard operating
procedure," the statement said.

PAF aircraft continued their presence in Abbottabad
area till early morning on May 2 and later returned to their

The Air Officer commanding and pilots responded to
questions from the commission.

The panel has been asked by the government to ascertain
how Bin Laden managed to live in Pakistan for several years,
investigate the US operation that killed him, determine the
nature and causes of lapses by authorities, and make suitable

The inquiry commission will visit the al-Qaeda chief`s
compound in Abbottabad during September 13-15, officials said.


First Published: Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 21:54
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