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Abbottabad Commission report complete in December end

Javed Iqbal

Islamabad: The Abbottabad Commission, constituted to probe killing of Osama Bin Laden on May 2, this year, would complete recording of evidences by the end of December and compile its report as early as possible.

Addressing a crowded press conference here at Press Information Department (PID) on Thursday, Head of the Commission, Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal said,”We will strongly recommend that the Commission’s report be made public.”

He said it was five months since the Commission began recording evidence within the framework of its mandate.

“In more than 20 sessions, the Commission has examined more than 100 witnesses including army and air force officials, police and intelligence officials, the surviving members of OBL’s family, the surviving members of the two Pakistani brothers who were protecting OBL, Secretaries of government ministries, concerned civilian officials in Islamabad and local officials, notables, neighbours, media people and military and intelligence personnel of the Abbottabad area,” he added.

He informed that the Commission had conducted five field missions and met with the locals of Torghar town and also visited Kala Dhaka.

Justice Javed Iqbal said that the Commission intended to meet with concerned Ministers, Parliamentary Committees and if necessary, the highest officials of the land.

“It also intends to meet with a range of people from civil society including political leaders or their representatives former Foreign Ministers, Foreign Secretaries, Ambassadors, other former Ministers and Secretaries, former military and intelligence chiefs, distinguished lawyers and legal experts, mediapersons, commentators, scholars and social activists,” he added.

He said in the light of its findings and analyses the Commission would make a series of specific recommendations which it was trusted the government, the parliament and civil and political society would discuss and implement in order to secure the future of Pakistan.

Responding to a question, he said all were equal before the Commission and it could summon any individual if necessary.

He said it was the government which would decide to publish or not publish this report, but opined that the government would like to publish this report in view of present circumstances.

To yet another query, he said that the Commission wanted to call former US Ambassador Hussain Haqqani to present before it to explain some issues related to visa issuance.

He said that the Commissions has already questioned and recorded the statements of the surviving family members of Osama Bin Laden.

Justice ® Javed Iqbal said that Sheikh Rashid had himself offered to record his statement before the Commission and informed that PML(N) Leader Khawja Asif would appear before the Commission on December 14.

He admitted that some members of the Commission received threats from unknown people but made it clear that the Commission would continue its work without any fear.

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