Abbottabad Commission: Report on bin Laden out, but not public

Published: January 4, 2013

Prime Minister Ashraf will decide whether to keep the report classified. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

The Abbottabad Commission submitted its report to Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Thursday.

According to an official statement released by the Prime Minister House, commission chairman Justice Javed Iqbal called upon the premier to submit the report and brief him about its salient features.

Pakistani officials say Ashraf will decide whether to keep the report classified or make it public, but observers have said they expect little of substance to be revealed. Excerpts leaked to the press from the yet-to-be-made-public report differed with the US account of the incident.

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The Abbottabad Commission took over a year to compile the 700-page report, which lists some 200 recommendations after interviewing over 300 witnesses and scrutinising more than 3,000 documents pertaining to the May 2, 2011 raid by US special forces to kill al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. Statements from high-ranking civil and military officials along with bin Laden’s family members are part of the report.

Law ministry officials had said that the report was finalised in October 2012, but could not be submitted to the Prime Minister since one of the commission’s members, former police inspector general Abbas Khan, was undergoing heart treatment in the US and was thus unavailable.

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Earlier, the government had directed the commission to submit its report before October 12. The Law and Justice Division had issued a notification according to which the commission was told to complete the inquiry and submit its report to the Federal Government within thirty days, commencing from the September 12.

The government subsequently formed a five-member judicial commission to probe Bin Laden’s presence so close to Pakistan’s premier military training facility and the circumstances leading to his death in the raid by US Navy SEALs. The commission, constituted on June 21, 2011 held investigations, examined witnesses and conducted field missions. (WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM AFP)

Published in The Express Tribune, January 4th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Ricky
    Jan 4, 2013 - 10:45AM

    OBL compound was razed to the ground, BB’s murder scene was washed away with high pressure hoses even before any of these investigations started! What facts could come out of these reports? One fact remains that no govt or army official or head of any major political party openly contradicted the US president’s announcement about OBL’s presence in army base and his killing.
    Like the report of surrender in East Pakistan these facts would not see the light of the day. Gradually the culprits would find some scapegoat to shift the blame through rumors. Currently no army official or ISPR dare refute the US version.

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  • sattar rind
    Jan 5, 2013 - 4:26AM

    i guess no.

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  • DevilHunterX
    Jan 5, 2013 - 10:30AM

    Or you can watch the movie

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Jan 5, 2013 - 12:11PM

    Actually report is full of truths and realities this is why Pakistani and US’ governments don’t want to tell the realities and truths to the Pakistani nation because thus the Pakistani nation shall know this that Pakistani government was fully aware of US’ attack but didn’t do any thing intentionally,by knowing every thing related to this attack,just due to the beggary and slavery and allowed US’ forces to do whatever they wanted to do…..

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  • andy fr dc
    Jan 11, 2013 - 12:15AM

    No one outside of Pakistan could care less what lies the Government tells. However many Paks apparently still believe the ISI, hence the report.
    It should at least be amusing.

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