Pak sets up top panel to probe Osama raid

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 23:45

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani on Tuesday formed a commission headed by a Supreme Court
judge to investigate the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin
Laden in a covert US military operation in the Pakistani
garrison city of Abbottabad.

The five-member commission constituted to investigate
the "Abbottabad incident" will be headed by Justice Javed
Iqbal of the apex court, said a brief statement from the
premier`s office.

The other members of the commission are former Supreme
Court judge Fakhruddin G Ibrahim, Lt Gen (retired) Nadeem
Ahmed, former police official Abbas Khan and former career
diplomat Ashraf Jahangir Qazi, who once served as the High
Commissioner in New Delhi.

The Cabinet Secretary will work as the secretary of
the commission.

A resolution adopted by a joint session of both houses
of parliament, which had been convened on May 13 to discuss
the US raid against bin Laden, had demanded that the
government should appoint "an independent commission on the
Abbottabad operation, fix responsibility and recommend
necessary measures to ensure that such an incident does not
recur".

The Pakistani military, particularly the powerful
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), had come in for strong
criticism from politicians and the media for its failure to
detect bin Laden?s presence in Abbottabad, where the al Qaeda
leader was living hundreds of metres away from the Pakistan
Military Academy.

In a daring pre-dawn raid, a US Navy SEAL team swooped
on bin Laden’s compound and killed him on May 2.

The Pakistani army and air force are conducting
separate probes to ascertain how bin Laden had lived
undetected in Abbottabad for several years and how US
helicopters that participated in the May 2 raid were able to
evade radars.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 23:45

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