Residents want girls college built on ruins of OBL compound

Published: February 28, 2012

Heavy machinery is seen inside the compound where Bin Laden was killed after it was demolished in Abbottabad. PHOTO: REUTERS

ABBOTABAD: 

Residents have demanded that the government build a girls college at the site where the once-infamous compound of slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden once stood. Two days back, authorities started tearing down the triple-storey house where Bin Laden was hunted down by US Navy SEALs in a top secret operation in May, last year.

It is yet not clear what the government would do to the plot of land which, according to revenue records, belongs to one Arshad Khan.

“Our daughters, the future mothers, will disseminate the message of peace and non-violence across the area, if the authorities allow construction of a girls college on the land where the bitter memories of Bin Laden are buried,” said Rehmanullah a resident of Bilal Town.

The people of Abbottabad have been humiliated in front of the government and intelligence agencies for hosting Bin Laden in the garrisoned town, he said, adding that this was not the end of their suffering – residents of Bilal Town had to undergo psychological trauma as a result of the post-US raid security measures.

Yasir Khan, another resident of Bilal Town, who witnessed the demolition of the Bin Laden compound from his rooftop, said that the ‘10-month-long siege’ and patrolling by law-enforcement agencies and security forces has spoilt peace and tranquillity of the area.

“We were almost always confined to our homes. Occasionally, everybody was interrogated by police and intelligence agencies,” he said, adding that guests coming from other cities were also at risk of being quizzed.

Meanwhile, the demolition squad, aided by cranes and shovels, razed the triple-storey building on Monday. The rubble is yet to be disposed of and the boundary walls and three entrance gates are still standing there. “We are waiting for the final go-ahead from authorities about whether to clear the area or keep the boundary walls and gates intact,” said a police source.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 28th, 2012.

Reader Comments (35)

  • Pak
    Feb 28, 2012 - 9:47AM

    Under what law of the land from Pakistan Penal Code, was this property seized and razed to ground? Was lawful procedure adopted? Can the govt or army raze anybody’s house just like that?

    The property owner Arshad Khan seems to be a fake and fictitious owner. Looks that Khawaja Ziauddin Butt was right all along.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 28, 2012 - 9:49AM

    It should be turned either into a park or a play ground.

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  • Kr
    Feb 28, 2012 - 10:08AM

    Great idea but not sure if the current governmet is capable of doing anything good such as building a girl’s college because only thing this government has tried to built is some sort coalition with other parties in order to keep their jobs so they can go to IMF in order to beg for one more loan. Recommend

  • Blithe
    Feb 28, 2012 - 10:09AM

    Plant trees and make it into a park.

    But can we expect such an environmentally
    friendly act from the army? No, not given there track
    record in housing schemes where uproot all the old and historic trees.
    There track record is horrible.

    The land will probably be given to some
    general and he’ll build a shopping plaza.

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  • ustaad
    Feb 28, 2012 - 10:09AM

    Wonderful decision!

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  • salarmaiwand
    Feb 28, 2012 - 10:17AM

    I totally agree. this would be a constant reminder to OBL and his fellow terrorists that their ideology of hatred is not going to prevail, that they failed and will fail in future if they persist. that they can torture/kill/maim/terrify us but they can’t take our freedom of thought nor can they kill our spirits and our love for life. May we get rid of the likes of OBL and his sympathisers.

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  • Asif
    Feb 28, 2012 - 10:22AM

    And soon they will see the ghost of OBL in their collage!!!

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  • Mohammad
    Feb 28, 2012 - 10:50AM

    and it must be named “Osma Bin Laden Girls College, Abbotabad”, funded by Saudi Arabia.

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  • zaid hamid
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:28AM

    make a big statue of OBL, who looking at and fingers pointing at skyRecommend

  • Mard-e-Haq
    Feb 28, 2012 - 11:46AM

    Yes, OBL College for Girls. Attire should be a Purdah (white only). If they leave campus even to get a toothpaste, they should be accompanied by a Mahram. Otherwise, Hudud laws apply.

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  • LOL
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:07PM

    Osama must be rolling in his grave.

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  • MAHER ALI
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:16PM

    It should be a monument in the memory of Bin Laden. Govt must encash this opportunity to promote it as tourist point. After all it was the hide-out of great Osama Bin Laden…

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  • Ayesha
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:26PM

    Great idea. Should be made a girls school/university so that we can have educated Pakistani women who are also proud to be Muslims even in their purdah.

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  • Mohammad
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:13PM

    in my opinion, this area must be turned into waste management plant ….

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  • Feb 28, 2012 - 2:35PM

    Shouldn’t comments,
    it is state secret,
    he has been living there,
    so place is noteworthy,
    construction of college building is a good proposal.

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  • Feb 28, 2012 - 2:37PM

    Some concerned quarters are saying that
    it was a drama played by the single super power,
    I am disagree with this.he was really captured and
    killed..

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  • Feb 28, 2012 - 2:40PM

    Some sort of military training must be essential
    and this place can be used for the purpose.

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  • well-wisher
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:43PM

    Well, my suggestion is to build a orphanage for children who lost their parents in bomb blasts in Pakistan.

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  • Feb 28, 2012 - 2:46PM

    Large number of people come and see this house,
    please think,it can be source of income for national
    treasures.

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  • Feb 28, 2012 - 2:46PM

    Osama Bin Laden’s memorial.

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  • Cobra Commander
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:52PM

    Turn the empty place into a WalMart.

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  • Feb 28, 2012 - 2:54PM

    not ruin,
    very important place,
    girl college must be built on it.

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  • MarkH
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:04PM

    I suppose it’d be a good way to make a statement and it it gets rejected they always have the card to play that “how can you deny what the people want built there, when you let OBL build a hideout there.”

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:43PM

    @ Muhammad, You wrote: in my opinion, this area must be turned into waste management plant ….

    This is sacrilegious as many consider OBL to be a warrior for Islam. Turning this hallowed ground into a najis processing centre is well…unthinkable for some.

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  • Feb 28, 2012 - 4:26PM

    Obl Girls college, or what about OBL memorial park :p

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  • Critique
    Feb 28, 2012 - 4:30PM

    Yeah, turn it into a girls college and put young, helpless girls at risk of an Al Qaeda backlash

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  • ijazmir
    Feb 28, 2012 - 5:12PM

    Abbottabad already have a girl collage. This land belongs to some one. Government of Pakistan and army of Pakistan has no legal write to demolish some one s house and property. This is not FATA area. If OBL was staying there, so what? definitely he was not hiding in a hole. for Gods sake . Hand over the property to the legal hair .Recommend

  • Feb 28, 2012 - 6:07PM

    We could have used this house, it shud not have been demolished

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  • Pollack
    Feb 28, 2012 - 8:58PM

    @Pak: A very astute observation about the ownership of the compound. The guy who supposedly owned the place was fronting for the agency. That explains why the govt was able to raze down that place with ease.

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  • Pollack
    Feb 28, 2012 - 9:00PM

    Build a memorial for the 911 victims from the world trade center.

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  • Raj - USA
    Feb 29, 2012 - 3:05AM

    Some are demanding to build a College or Park? Was this property so big to accommodate a College or a Park.

    Anything is fine so long as they do not build a LeT or DPC training center.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Feb 29, 2012 - 3:36AM

    OBL girls college.

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  • pun
    Feb 29, 2012 - 2:19PM

    @ijazmir:
    the owner is ISI

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  • Chacha
    Feb 29, 2012 - 6:45PM

    owner of the house has now demolished it

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  • Mangoman
    Mar 2, 2012 - 2:53PM

    should build a cricket stadium .. OBL Cricket ground, Abbotabad.

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