Rumour has it: ‘OBL’s Abbottabad hideout to be razed’

Published: January 11, 2012

The ISPR denies reports of the British newspaper. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, where he was shot dead by US Navy Seals, will be flattened by rocket-propelled grenades and then bulldozed, British newspaper The Sun reported on Tuesday.

The report stated: “Military chiefs in Pakistan plan a spectacular blitz in front of TV cameras to prevent the walled complex becoming a sick shrine to the al Qaeda terror master.”

The report further quoted Interior Minister Rehman Malik as saying: “We will hit it like an enemy fort. But first we must erase everything related to Bin Laden from our country.”

It further revealed that the demolition will take place next month. Chief military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas was quoted as saying: “US and European officials will be invited. It will be a big event.”

ISPR denial

However, a spokesman for  the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) denied the report. A statement clarified the remarks attributed to the director general regarding the demolition of Bin Laden’s residence.

The spokesman said that remarks in an article by Nick Parker published in The Sun on Tuesday are totally baseless. The spokesman added that the DG ISPR never spoke to any reporter of The Sun as quoted in the news report.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2012.

Reader Comments (23)

  • AWA
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:12AM

    Aamzing ! how Bin Laden lived under the Pakistan Military Academy nose from the past Six years

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  • Hu Jintao
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:18AM

    Does it really matter for us to be concerned about a stupid villa?
    What i am more concerned about is the proof of his existence in there and ofcourse his “islamic” way of burial in the sea without and giving the world a single glimpse of the world’s most wanted man for whom around 1000,000+ iraqis gave their life, raped, devasted. hundreds of thousands of afghanis civilians women and children killed, 35000 Pakistani civilians and 3100 soldiers laid their lives. If all the above doesn’t count or worth nothing then lets for the sake of those 3000 innocents lives lost in 9/11

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  • ABC
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:44AM

    What a joke.

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  • Dilu
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:44AM

    @AWA: It seems you were also living with him in that house for the past 6 years that is why you are able to tell the world that he was living their for the past 6 years..

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  • Gabriel khan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:51AM

    @AWA:
    he was never there, its the continuation of 9/11 story with more lies told then ever. strange to find people still believe in these large scale propagandas/election compaigns etc

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  • Omair Lodhi
    Jan 11, 2012 - 11:02AM

    I don’t think Osama was there.
    But this story had gone on too long and it had to be ended.
    So it did.

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  • ashok sai
    Jan 11, 2012 - 11:14AM

    “US and European officials will be invited. It will be a big event.”

    LOL, the big event was actually over way ago on May 2nd, 2011.

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  • vasan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 11:50AM

    Ashok Sai : And ofcourse for obvious reasons Pakistani officials were not invited to the big event on 2/5/2011

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  • umair
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:44PM

    its was all a big lie.. only a fool would believe he was hiding there. just like fools believed he got younger every year ;) and by the way a common human sense tells us that if a person wants to hide, how can he hide besides the very people who in the first place are looking for him. Obviously Pak army never wanted to look like a fool, however this propaganda still accomplished what it was out for.

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  • ashok sai
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:04PM

    @umair:

    Then what about OBL’s wives and his children who are now declared free to leave Pakistan after the May 2′nd raid ?

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/304525/closing-the-chapter-bin-ladens-wives-free-to-leave-pakistan/Recommend

  • ABC
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:45PM

    @Gabriel khan and Dilu:

    Need to come out of this denial. After all don’t you see our forces our commissions were able to interview his family in that house. The family said He was killed in the raid. Whats the confusion where is the conspiracy? I think we need to acknowledge our short comings.

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  • R S JOHAR
    Jan 11, 2012 - 2:06PM

    The Abbotabad mansion should be demolished for two reasons-

    1. The Pak-US relations reached a new low due to OBL episode and this mansion
    would always remind them that US violated its sovereignty.

    2. The presence of OBL in this mansion for six years caused much embarassment to
    Pak govt which would continue since both foreigners and Pakistanis will visit this place.
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  • Maulana Sandwitch
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:06PM

    Please do not raze:Abbotabad Commission is asleep inside.

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  • manzoor
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:22PM

    Instead of razing, it should be turned into Jihadi Museum ..

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  • Cautious
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:22PM

    What building — who’s OBL? Pakistani collective amnesia concerning OBL must be catching.

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  • Rasikh
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:40PM

    How come a “rumour” (and admitted) is a headline news in a leading paper’s website??? Recommend

  • MarkH
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:50PM

    Wow. Some of these conspiracy comments are so ridiculous and exaggerated that they shouldn’t have ever caught on at all. It’s hard to even know what to say because the proof has already been given and debated obsessively over the second half of last year.
    It’s probably best not to bother anyways. These things are not some kind of thing that can actually be discussed from a stance of simply differing beliefs. It’s profound stupidity.

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  • Imran
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:35PM

    To ISPR, two words… You lie!

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  • epicurus
    Jan 11, 2012 - 5:44PM

    @Dilu:
    funny, for this supposed fake killing of laden, who you think the west and the non muslims fabricated, the TTP and other pious jihadis bombed and killed their muslim brothers in faith(in retaliation) ….remember mehran air base, and the other blasts those days?????

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  • Mirza
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:20PM

    @Maulana Sandwitch:
    Dear Maulana you rock, made my day! Lolz
    Cheers,
    Mirza

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  • DB
    Jan 11, 2012 - 8:23PM

    Western media lying again and ET parroting them? I’m shocked!

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  • Naeem Javid Muhammad Hassani
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:04PM

    it is big game by Think Tanks …. STill long way to go …

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  • Cautious
    Jan 12, 2012 - 12:33AM

    @Hu Jintao. I would be interested in hearing your theory on Abbottabad. How do you explain his wife’s? How do you explain that no one in your govt or military has said one word denying OBL was there and that he was killed. And why would Obama provide full access of the raid (photo’s, documents etc) to the top Republican leadership if this was a sham designed to get him re-elected? Akin to 911 – some people are willing to ignore mountains of evidence to pursue a silly conspiracy theory.

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