US against exposé of Abbottabad Commission report

The commission has been authorised to ascertain facts regarding Osama bin Laden’s presence in Pak.

Updated: Jul 23, 2011, 13:21 PM IST

Islamabad: The United States is reportedly pushing Pakistan not to make public the findings of the judicial commission investigating the May 02 raid on al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s compound Abbottabad.

According to the Express Tribune, the US opposition stems from its fears that the conclusions of the commission may compromise the future operations of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Pakistan.

“The US was in fact strongly against the very idea of any commission to investigate the Abbottabad incident,” a source said.

The commission, headed by a Supreme Court judge, has been authorised to ascertain facts regarding bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan; investigate circumstances and facts regarding the US operation; determine the nature, background and causes of lapses by the authorities concerned, if any; and make recommendations.

US embassy spokesperson Courtney Beale, however, denied that the US had communicated any sort of opposition to the commission.

Bin Laden, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed with a “double tap” - a shot to his chest quickly followed by one above his left eye - during a top-secret US military operation at his hideaway in Abbottabad on May 02.

The Saudi-born terrorist, accused of being behind a number of atrocities, including the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001, was at the top of the US “most wanted” list.

ANI