Pakistan will soon repatriate Osama bin Laden’s widows and children to Saudi Arabia, an Arab newspaper Al-Hayat Arabic reported on Tuesday.
It is expected that the family will leave within the next two days by a special plane; however, the authorities in Pakistan have refrained from giving an exact date.
The report stated that Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Aziz Ibrahim al-Ghadeer said that he did not receive any official directive regarding the repatriation. But last month, CNN reported that Pakistan had contacted the governments of Saudi Arabia and Yemen for the repatriation of the three wives of Osama bin Laden.
US special forces entered deep inside Pakistani territory in helicopters on May 2 and conducted an operation at a compound in Abbottabad, later claiming to have killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
The Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) had taken custody of Bin Laden’s widows, two Saudis and one Yemeni, and around 10 of their children after the US operation and the judicial commission inquiring into the matter had barred authorities from handing them over to any other country without its permission.
Initial efforts to repatriate the women and children ran aground when the commission in July ordered them to remain in Pakistan until further notice, indicating that it wanted to question them in relation to its inquiries.
The Abbottabad commission investigating the raid lifted travel restrictions after recording their statements.