Bin Laden's last hideout being demolished

Published: February 25, 2012

Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad. PHOTO: FILE

ABBOTABAD: Heavy machinery has rolled into the garrison town of Abbottabad and was demolishing Osama bin Laden’s last hideout.

Bin Laden had been assassinated by a team of US special forces, who stormed his residential compound in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011. Bin Laden was believed to have bunkered in the complex for close to five years.

Heavy machinery including the shovel s have been called into demolish the compound.

All routes leading up to the compound have been sealed. Media too has been directed to stay away.

The reason for demolishing the structure are as yet unknown.

In January, British newspaper The Sun had reported that Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, could be flattened by rocket-propelled grenades and then bulldozed.

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.”

The report had claimed that the demolition will take place in February, a claim that seems to be coming true.

However, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) denied the report.

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Reader Comments (33)

  • Mirza
    Feb 25, 2012 - 10:53PM

    When OBL was not in Pakistan alive and living in this fortress then why is this building being demolished? Despite the denials the establishment is finally doing the same to his home as the Americans did to him and his body!

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  • Mirza
    Feb 25, 2012 - 10:54PM

    “Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) denied the report”
    That means it must be true!

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  • Danish
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:04PM

    The place were Benazir Bhutto was assacinated was washed away, immediately after the incident, probably to erase any trace of forensics. This incident has got the same symptoms.

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  • Feb 25, 2012 - 11:10PM

    @Mirza:
    We could have used it for some other reason

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  • Shinwari
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:20PM

    They built it to shelter OBL since he is no more they dont need the building either

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  • umair
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:22PM

    Show me a single evidence that osama was there ? Don’t just believe media and obama . LoL .I still can’t believe how people believed that osama was there . I think people are gone stupid . If media says he is dead and he was found in pakistan than surely it is ? This can be a conspiracy but nowadays who think that ?

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  • Cautious
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:23PM

    After you knock down the fortress you should erect a monument to Dr. Shakeel Afridi in that spot as a reminder of how Pakistan contributed to the fall of OBL.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:30PM

    It is a good job which the government is doing.

    This will become a rare example for all terrorists that not only OBL body was not buried but was finally eaten-up by the sharks and his hideout was also bulldozed so that his name should be wiped out once and for all.

    This is also an indication that US war on terror is going to end very soon.

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  • Rafi Ka Deewana
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:34PM

    Potentially, a great tourist attraction! But being so close to the military base and with such a bad name associated, seems like a rational action.

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  • Muhammed
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:46PM

    Im a resident of Abbottabad and I’m really glad to see this demolishing, abbottabad is beautiful again!!!
    Long live secular Pakistan…..Recommend

  • Moz
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:53PM

    Where are they going to hide Aiman Al Zawahiri?

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  • Ramanujam
    Feb 26, 2012 - 1:29AM

    They’re going to destroy a potential tourist attraction
    Just like Paris now has a “Da Vinci Code” Tour based on the places depicted in “Da Vinci Code”Recommend

  • Sarah
    Feb 26, 2012 - 1:34AM

    I dont see any point ! ?

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  • Omar
    Feb 26, 2012 - 1:45AM

    @Muhammed:
    Pakistani’s have forgotten the ideology for which Pakistan stands!!
    Pakistan WAS NOT MADE TO BE SECULAR!!! IT IS A MUSLIM COUNTRY AND WILL STAY A MUSLIM COUNTRY!!

    Please go and read Quaid-e-Azam, he did not want to make Pakistan a secular country!!!!!!

    pakistan was made on the name of allah!!

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  • mohammad
    Feb 26, 2012 - 1:49AM

    They should have done that years ago, it would saved Pakistan from the embarrassment it suffered an year ago.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Feb 26, 2012 - 1:58AM

    Is history of place will end with that >?? hahahhahahRecommend

  • Deb
    Feb 26, 2012 - 2:11AM

    Another attempt at re-writing history.
    History doesn’t belong to a community,race,religion,country or whatever; it’s universal.
    It’s a criminal act of historical proportion and every crime leaves a trail behind.
    Mind you, it has been recorded,documented and been consigned to posterity.

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  • Rafiq Khan, Lahore
    Feb 26, 2012 - 2:52AM

    Why demolish the building in the middle of the night! What is the mighty Pak military so afraid of that it has to do this under cover of darkness? It sure raises suspicious questions about their legacy in the whole BL matter. More time and effort should be spent trying to figure out how the world’s number one terrorist could live in such a grand place within a stone’s throw from an elite military institution. Of course, we are supposed to believe that there was no complicity of any of the supposedly “prestigious” Pak institutions in this matter!

    If this is intended to remove the bolt off the military & the intelligence service, it will fail utterly. What will help is the complete destruction of the terrorists in Pak, many of them homegrown to cause havoc in other neighboring countries, but now so out-of-control that they are destroying Pak society. Just look at how many innocent Paks they have killed within Pak by these terrorist. And if Pak is not such a hotbed of terrorist asylum, why have the top 20 of the 30 Al-Quaida members been found and killed in Pak by U.S. drones?

    If Pak’s want to live in peace and become responsible and respected members of the world community, they have to clean house of the terrorists, the institutions that support them and have non-corrupt politicians who show respect for the law. Now that is a tall order. We have not seen much of this in Pak’s 50+ years of history, but there is hope. Perhaps in the next 50 years we will get there. Until then Pak’s are condemned to be the laughingstock in the rest of the world.Recommend

  • nadeem khan
    Feb 26, 2012 - 3:14AM

    who washed the site overnite where BENAZIR WAS ASSASINATED??? still doubts who killed Benazir? who brought and helped osama in pak? rogues?

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  • isfandyar
    Feb 26, 2012 - 4:48AM

    It can be a tourist trap

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  • Cautious
    Feb 26, 2012 - 5:51AM

    Forget the building – you need to find and punish the people who helped harbor the most wanted terrorist on the planet – until you do that the stain on your honor will remain.

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  • vasan
    Feb 26, 2012 - 6:07AM

    Are they going to build a beautiful shrine ?

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  • Harry Stone
    Feb 26, 2012 - 6:57AM

    Destorying the building will not destory the fact that PAK provided a safe heaven for the most wanted terrorist in the world. Nor will it destory the memeory that PAK did this.

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  • Babbarsher Khan
    Feb 26, 2012 - 7:35AM

    @umair:
    Yes some one should show him the proof! May be Prez Obama is the right person as he is the one who has been hiding it. So let’s raise money for his trip to Washington and Pentagon so that he could also see the photographs, videos or whatever they showed to the willing US Congressmen as a proof of OBL last moments and rites.Recommend

  • Deepwater
    Feb 26, 2012 - 8:16AM

    Too bad. It would have made an excellent Museum dedicated to Denial & Conspiracy Theories. Those “We didn’t do it !!!” t-shirts would be bestsellers.

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  • Ramanujam
    Feb 26, 2012 - 9:01AM

    @Omar:
    You’re right..In the past few years,my respect towards Jinnah has increased many fold.He was a visionary who knew that there were two types of Muslims
    One who believed in secularism and right to equality
    One who were inbred with radicalism and would start jihad at the drop of the hat.

    He decided that latter should be given a separate country where they can fight among themselves and leave the good Muslims and Hindus alone….

    Pakistan is that cancerous tissue amputated from India so that the good muslims can live peacefully in India along with Hindus,Sikhs,Christians….

    Thank you Quaid-e-Azam.you have done more help to India than Gandhi or Nehru or Patel combined….

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  • well-wisher
    Feb 26, 2012 - 9:39AM

    This building presented a symbol of great embarassment to the military of their alleged failure to safeguard the sovergenity of the country and also its renovation done during the period of a former General who was ruling Pakistan.

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  • Zalim singh
    Feb 26, 2012 - 10:57AM

    and please bill it to Mr.Parvez Musharraf.

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  • MyHeartSpeaks
    Feb 26, 2012 - 12:49PM

    @ all who thinks it was actually OBL hidout, guys any proof that OBL was actually hiding there, plz don’t say that CIA, Obama said so to make u believe. Bush also told the world about nukes in Iraq and still they haven’t found any. The way OBL was caught and buried raise doubts……. It’s a pity that we live in scientific world where everything is judged using scientific evidence, but in case of OBL and Iraq nukes not. Only US statements are enough to make us believe.

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  • Uza Syed
    Feb 26, 2012 - 4:43PM

    Fine, I’m glad it’s finally being done. All such places must be removed from our landscape. No signs of any such horrible places should remain to inspire future terrorists.. Get the place cleaned before some go and start glorifying those centres of terrorism and scheming———Recommend

  • Shyam
    Feb 26, 2012 - 4:52PM

    Since Osama is dead the ISI has no further use for it…. Jokes apart the house had to be demolished so that it doesn’t become a Shrine for terrorists

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  • khan
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:58AM

    @Cautious:

    you are talking about punishing kayani and pasha? cuz both ov them had harboured tim usman

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  • Feb 27, 2012 - 6:29PM

    @MyHeartSpeaks: I hope this will clear all your doubts.
    http://www.ispr.gov.pk/front/main.asp?o=t-press_release&id=1736

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