Pakistan: Zardari yet to answer questions on Osama
The Abbottabad commission investigating the death of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is still waiting for answers.
Islamabad: The Abbottabad commission investigating the death of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is still waiting for answers to a set of questions it had forwarded to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari more than four months ago.
Officials at the presidency, however, denied having received any correspondence from the commission, reports The Express Tribune.
According to sources, the Commission had asked heads of all political parties, including the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), to respond to its queries regarding the incident.
US commandos had raided a compound in Abbottabad on May 02, 2011 and killed bin Laden, who had been living there for more than five years.
The government subsequently formed a five-member judicial commission to probe the presence of bin Laden so close to Pakistan’s premier military training facility and the circumstances leading to his death in the raid by US troops.
The commission was due to submit its report by the end of last year but is still struggling to finalise it, reportedly due to indecisiveness on whether to hold somebody from within the Pakistani political or military leadership responsible.
Chairman of the Abbottabad commission, Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, announced in December to send questions to the President and asked the heads of other parties to personally appear before the body to record their statements.
The PPP also argued that by virtue of being the President, Zardari is immune from being present before any commission.