Who wants to keep Osama raid report classified?
The Abbottabad Commission report can raise critical questions about the role and competence of security agencies operating in Pakistan.
Islamabad: The Abbottabad Commission, which has completed its findings on the May 02 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, is facing pressure from “certain powerful quarters” to not make the report public.
The move comes as the report is believed to be a potential threat and can raise critical questions about the role and competence of security agencies operating in the country.
The commission, which was probing the death of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a midnight raid by US Navy SEALs in Abbottabad on May 02, 2011, has been working on the report for more than a year now and has reportedly missed several deadlines for unveiling its findings.
The latest announcement by the commission said it would be making its report public by the end of May, a commitment that remains unfulfilled to date, as earlier, the commission’s chairman Justice Javed Iqbal had claimed that the report would be made public by the end of December 2011.
Insiders close to the commission members claimed that there was immense pressure on the probe body for not revealing its findings and it has also been directed to keep the contents of the report classified.
“Certain powerful quarters want the commission to submit its report to the government without sharing it with media as announced by Justice Iqbal on more than one occasion,” The Express Tribune quoted an official, as saying.
Authorities also claimed that even if the report is made public, there is a possibility that it would not contain anything that would implicate intelligence failures or security breaches.
“It is going to be a document that will be hiding more than revealing… Nothing new might come to the surface,” said one official.
Insiders added that it had been more than a month since the commission had last interacted with some government officials and there seems to have been no development since then.