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Pakistan to make Osama inquiry report public

IANS
Dec 09, 2011 at 09:40am IST

Islamabad: The inquiry report into the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden by US special forces in his Pakistani hideout will be made public.

Following the killing of bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had formed a five-member inquiry commission under a Supreme Court judge to probe the presence of the world's most wanted man in Pakistan, Xinhua reported.

Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, chairman of the inquiry commission, said on Thursday the commission was likely to complete the inquiry in December and the report would be handed over to the government with a recommendation to make it public.

Pakistan to make Osama inquiry report public

Gilani had formed a five-member inquiry commission following the killing of bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2.

"There is no hindrance to make the report public," Iqbal was quoted as saying.

He said the commission had contacted US authorities for further information regarding the Osama bin Laden hideout.

According to him, as many as 1,000 witnesses, including wives of Osama bin Laden, former ministers, political and military officials, diplomats, members of civil society and journalists, have been interviewed so far.

The chairman also appealed to the public to volunteer and give their statements, and assured them of complete protection.

He said the commission would ensure the integrity and honour of the country while compiling the report.

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