Pak commission`s meeting on Osama deferred

Pasha was to have briefed the commission about the covert US raid.

Islamabad: A meeting of the judicial
commission investigating Osama bin Laden`s presence in
Pakistan scheduled for Monday was postponed after
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja
Pasha failed to appear before the panel.

Pasha was to have briefed the commission about the
covert US raid that killed the al Qaeda leader in the garrison
city of Abbottabad on May 2.

Reports said the ISI chief had embarked on a secret
visit to China over the weekend.

During the commission`s last meeting, Director General
of Military Operation Maj Gen Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmad had briefed
the panel on the Abbottabad incident.

The commission had directed the Interior Ministry and
intelligence agencies not to repatriate bin Laden`s widows and
children without its consent.

The commission was formed in line with a unanimous
resolution passed by a joint session of parliament on May 13.

The panel, headed by a former Supreme Court judge, 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 recommendations.


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