ISLAMABAD: Chairman Abbottabad Commission Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at the Prime Minister’s House on Thursday to submit the commission’s report.
A release from the prime minister house said that during the meeting, Justice Iqbal briefed Ashraf on the salient features of the report that had been finalised by the Commission back in October, 2012.
The prime minister appreciated the efforts and hard work of the chairman and his team in the compilation of this report, despite the fact that the Commission submitted its report almost 19 months after it was formed, and 20 months after the infamous raid.
The commission took over a year to compile the 700-page report about the May 2, 2011 incident in which US troops had snuck in to Pakistani territory and proceeded to raid a compound in the garrison town of Abbottabad where al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed.
Law ministry officials had said that the report was finalised in October 2012, but could not be submitted to the prime minister because one of the commission’s members, former inspector general of police Abbas Khan, was undergoing heart treatment in the US and was thus not available.
Excerpts leaked to the press from the yet-to-be-made-public report differed with the US account of the incident. They tell of how Bin Laden advised his family members to pray during the raid. It also detailed the role played by Dr Shakil Afridi in the campaign to hunt the world’s most wanted man.