Pakistan to soon repatriate Bin Laden's family to Saudi Arabia: Report

An Arab newspaper says family will leave within next two days, Pakistan refrains from giving away exact date.

Express December 06, 2011

Pakistan will soon repatriate Osama bin Laden’s widows and children to Saudi Arabia, an Arab newspaper Al-Hayat Arabic reported on Tuesday.

It is expected that the family will leave within the next two days by a special plane; however, the authorities in Pakistan have refrained from giving an exact date.

The report stated that Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Aziz Ibrahim al-Ghadeer said that he did not receive any official directive regarding the repatriation. But last month, CNN reported that Pakistan had contacted the governments of Saudi Arabia and Yemen for the repatriation of the three wives of Osama bin Laden.

US special forces entered deep inside Pakistani territory in helicopters on May 2 and conducted an operation at a compound in Abbottabad, later claiming to have killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

The Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) had taken custody of Bin Laden’s widows, two Saudis and one Yemeni, and around 10 of their children after the US operation and the judicial commission inquiring into the matter had barred authorities from handing them over to any other country without its permission.

Initial efforts to repatriate the women and children ran aground when the commission in July ordered them to remain in Pakistan until further notice, indicating that it wanted to question them in relation to its inquiries.

The Abbottabad commission investigating the raid lifted travel restrictions after recording their statements.


99 | 11 years ago | Reply

This is funny. OBLs family is being deported to Saudi Arabia but a majority of the people dont believe that the whole OBL operation was a fake. Pakistani people have been fed so much lies by their leaders. Sad that there has been so much loss of life at the cost of gaining certain political and military mileage. Pakistan needs to lose its preoccupation of worrying about Kashmir and India or its standing in Afghanistan and concentrate on helping its own people.

Amjad | 11 years ago | Reply

@Cosmo: You mean he was a strategic asset created by the US to oust the Soviets in Afghanistan and then he went "rogue". Not only should Pakistan deport him but all foreigners who have gained access to the nation since the Soviet Afghanistan conflict when Pakistan was used as a front line state to defeat the Soviets and end the Cold War.

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