Abbottabad raid: Opposition gives govt until June 3 to form commission

Published: May 31, 2011
Opposition parties warn of ‘collective response’ if probe panel not set up.

Opposition parties warn of ‘collective response’ if probe panel not set up. PHOTO: NNI/FILE


Opposition parties have given the PPP-led coalition government until June 3 – the day the federal budget for the next fiscal will be unveiled – to form an independent commission to investigate the May 2 top-secret raid by US commandos in Abbottabad.

A closed-door joint session of parliament had recommended earlier this month that the government set up a commission to probe the air-borne raid that had killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

The opposition’s warning comes a day after Interior Minister Rehman Malik sought to soothe frayed tempers of the opposition, saying that the proposed commission would be set up within a couple of days.

The warning was made by leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan after a meeting with opposition parties at the Parliament House in Islamabad on Monday.

The opposition parties warned of a “collective response” if the proposed commission was not set up before the budget session of Parliament.

They kept the media guessing about their “collective response”.  But  has already made its intentions clear. It has announced plans to launch a “decisive protest campaign” against the government.

The PML-N has started contacting other opposition parties to muster as much support as possible. And Monday’s session was part of this campaign where Chaudhry Nisar met with JUI-F’s Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan and Maulana Ghafoor Haideri, PPP-Sherpao chief Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, Prof Khursheed Ahmed from Jamaat-e-Islami, and Abdul Rahim Mandookhel of the Pakhtunkhwa Awami Milli Party.

Chaudhry Nisar regretted that the prime minister had ignored his letter wherein he had requested him to form the commission proposed in the parliamentary resolution to investigate the Abbottabad fiasco.

In the letter, he proposed Justice (retd) Shafiur Rehman, Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid, Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G Ebarhim, Majeed Nizami, Asma Jahangir and Mehmood Khan Achakzai be made part of the commission.

Citing last week’s terrorist attack at Pakistan Navy’s airbase PNS Mehran, the opposition leader said that the incident accentuated concerns about the capacity of the government and its security forces to fight militancy.

The fact that Bin Laden lived undetected for years right under the military’s nose in Abbottabad raised questions about Pakistan’s commitment in the fight against terror with US officials saying that Pakistan’s military was either “incompetent or complacent”.

Chaudhry Nisar criticised the government for “not taking the country’s political leadership into confidence” on the recent interactions with US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen.

He said the opposition parties would meet again on June 3 to devise a future course of action if their demand was not met by then. He added that the PML-Q (Likeminded Group) would also be invited to that session.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Siere
    May 31, 2011 - 7:49AM

    That’s all they can do, “ultimatum”. Same time they were drinking tea or smoking cigarettes in parliment cafeteria with each other. Pakistan corrupt politicians can only improve there own bank balance or do international tour on Pakistani people blood money! This is very big “almia” for our nation. Still thinks they are representative of people of Pakistan. I wounder how these leader even make statements, Sharam tum ko magar nahin aati! Recommend

  • Qamar Javed
    May 31, 2011 - 8:31AM

    mr nisar and mr nawaz shrif plz close this topic.u guys just a actor nothing else.every political party in pakistan think about their own benefit nobody think about nation.nobody think about pakistan nobody making any system from where people can get relief.its all like “Haste makes waste” shame on.all parties are american salave.Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 31, 2011 - 8:37AM

    Until commision is formed, the soul of OBL will not rest in peace. It will keep on kicking them to do something. Recommend

  • imran yousuf
    May 31, 2011 - 9:00AM

    mr.nisar improve our country by supporting repeal of the blasphemy laws,law of evidence,hudood ordinance.Your leadership should come out openly & speak on talkshows & public rallies against islamic fundamentalism.It’s time the party with the mandate in our largest province stood up for what’s right & decent & condemned the people who supported salman taseer’s murderer.It’s time shabaz sharif instead of taking populist measures to gain cheap awami applause spoke out publicly against the horrific effects of radical islam in our country.

    We need our leaders to show that they’re not scared & that they want to take on the dark forces of islamic fundamentalism in our country.Recommend

  • syed Imran
    May 31, 2011 - 9:41AM

    Ha Ha Ha, how many ultimatums have been given in the past and what happened. PML(N) is more of a bark than a bite. Recommend

  • Arindom
    May 31, 2011 - 10:01AM

    NOT – “incompetent or complacent”. It is “incompetent or complicit”

    Makes a whole world of a difference!!!Recommend

  • Noore Jehan
    May 31, 2011 - 10:09AM

    Your ‘ultimatum’ strategy is not finding favors with sixteen and half crore made horribly poor by the worst etc corrupt and incompetent coalition government of opportunists,blackmailers,target killers,bathakhors –PPP-Z,MQM,ANP and latest induction of ML-Q.Your ‘mumafti’ opposition for 333 months is equally responsible for ruining poor. The arrogance ,haughtiness, iron in your souls and necks,egomanicism,myopism, disconnect with poor ‘awam’,only hate of Choudries,Musharraf; ML-N prime political focus of Sharif brothers,Ch Nisar,Khawaja Asif,Ahsan Iqbal etc strengthened the cursed coalition of the corrupts ruining national economy,poor,enslaving it to IMF,drones,NATO,UK,USA and sovereignty of nation.You cannot repair the damage you have done to nation for your ‘mumafti-self serving opposition, and Allah will not forgive you till you all bring back all your foreign assets of billions of dollars back in Pakistan and also force Zardari-Galani,Altaf Hussein,Choudries and all other corrupts to bring back their trillions of dollars back in Pakistan otherwise your empty rhetoric will doom you to destruction and all other corrupts in country. back in Pakistan Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    May 31, 2011 - 10:38AM

    PML-N, you are useless so please stop your scripted drama.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    May 31, 2011 - 10:50AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.After 3 days what shall happen and what shall be done by you the most hypocritical politicians of PML-N?Recommend

  • Aurangzeb Rao
    May 31, 2011 - 11:20AM

    Chaudry Nisar, stop this black mailing and concentrate on real issues. My vote to PML(N) in the last elections was a mistake. Now when the next elections are coming, suddenly PML(N) has started acting like a very sensible and patriotic political party. This is all a drama to attain power next time. So I request the readers, not to fall for this. Please ve honest with your country. Next time we should not vote for PPP, PML(N), PML (Q), MQM etc. Lets unanimously elect PTI. I see hope through Imran Khan. Even at his worst (purly due to inexperience), he will be better for Pakistan, than these political vultures.Recommend

  • qaisera
    May 31, 2011 - 11:30AM

    PmL-N has lost its direction. so sad !Recommend

  • Khan
    May 31, 2011 - 12:37PM

    What good is a deadline if it keeps extending Mr. Nisar? yah aap darpok hai, yah hum bewaquf.Recommend

  • aley
    May 31, 2011 - 12:53PM

    PML-N stop the scripted drama and let Taliban Khan play his scripted drama. God save us from these right wing establishment goons…Recommend

  • Pardesi Insaan
    May 31, 2011 - 1:17PM

    Chaudhry jee do some thing more than ultimatums. Stop fighting with each other on the streets remember this is democracy go to the parliament and discuss things out there. Go to the people and speak to them convince them that you are on the path to progress. Don’t pay people to walk behind you in the streets or buy there votes to stay in the parliament. Tell us how many jobs you have created in Punjab and what is your big plan is to improve the education and health of the great people of the province. Be open and honest and tell us how much tax you paid on how much income. Be transparent and have empathy with your people. Be a mature politician for once or get out. We want unity in the country not your empty threats destroying the scant stability in the country. Recommend

  • patriotic
    May 31, 2011 - 3:28PM

    the man wearing the wig is a complete fake!.. when the airforce chief was being grilled by the parilmentarians…. he said ‘the airforce dint have the capability to stop the may 2 attack but can take down the drones.. pass the resolution”.. suddenly when the buck returns to Mr bean and other mnas.. they back off and no resolution is passed!.. as they all have their assets abroad and dont have the courage to take such a drastic step against USA.. Democracy in pakistan is fake!.. Musharraf we need you back!Recommend

  • nafisa mubarak
    May 31, 2011 - 4:15PM

    All in bad taste.
    Serving each other Ultimatums.
    Hah! Recommend

  • Gappoo
    May 31, 2011 - 7:45PM

    Wretched creatures all of them Recommend

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