|Abbottabad commission: Justice Iqbal denies submitting final report|
24 October 2012
Abbottabad Commission Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has outright rejected claims of submitting to the government a report over the circumstances that led to the death of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, officials said.
UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported on Monday that the five-member commission had cleared the government and the military establishment of allegations of having protected the al Qaeda kingpin.
The retired Supreme Court judge, however, denied on Tuesday that the commission had submitted any report on the Abbottabad incident to the government, according to a junior officer associated with the office of the commission’s chairman.
“Justice Sahib wants to sue The Daily Telegraph,” another senior official told The Express Tribune.
Almost one and a half year has passed since the commission was assigned to investigate the reasons that led to the May 2, 2011 raid by US Navy SEALs in Abbottabad.
Last month, the commission stated that the report had been compiled and would be submitted to the government soon.
Another official, while giving reasons for the delay, told The Express Tribune that two members of the commission have not been available in order for the report to be finalised.
Former Punjab police chief Abbas Khan is facing heart problems and could, therefore, not attend meetings of the commission, while Ashraf Jehangir Qazi was unable to attend the meetings due to the death of his brother in Balochistan. Therefore, the commission’s secretary has yet to take their signatures on the report.
Last month, the law ministry directed the commission to prepare its report by the end of October.
Meetings with top brass
Justice Iqbal is likely to meet the top civilian leadership and military brass before submitting his report.
“Justice Sahib wants to hold separate meetings with the top civilian and military leaderships next month,” a member of the commission told The Express Tribune on Tuesday. The over 120-page report is likely to be submitted to the government in November, he added.
Justice Iqbal will take the president and prime minister and the Inter-Services Intelligence chief and the army chief into confidence over some important revelations of the report, said officials privy to the development.
Furthermore, they added that after the meetings, the commission’s chairman would take a final decision on whether or not to make the report public.
Meanwhile, the junior officer associated with the office of the commission’s chairman shared some interesting details of the report with The Express Tribune, saying, “All four members of the commission have written separate notes on the report.”
Former diplomat Ashraf Jahangir Qazi, a key member of the commission, in his separate note, has strongly recommended the government to take action against the military officials who failed to find Bin Laden’s hideouts, he added.
Lt Gen (retd) Nadeem Ahmed, in his note, recommended the report not be made public due to the sensitivity of the matter, said the official.
|See Also in Political News|
|Parts of Karachi tense, transport less than usual|
04 December 2013
KARACHI: Following yesterday’s renewed violence and firing, killing 12 persons including the Shia Aalim and members of Tableeghi Jamaat, parts of the city remained tense on Wednesday morning, Geo News reported.
Transport in the affected areas running less than normal, while the University scheduled examinations have been postponed and the main artery of the city M.A. Jinnah Road stands partially closed by placing containers.
On the other hand, Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) has ... Full Story
|Karachi situation: KU, NED postpone exams|
04 December 2013
KARACHI: After University of Karachi, NED engineering university has also postponed its exams scheduled for today (Wednesday), Geo News reported.
According to a communiqué issued from the office of Deputy Registrar NED, all the papers scheduled for today (Wednesday) had been postponed.
Meanwhile, Dawood university of engineering and technology will also remain closed on Wednesday (today).
Earlier, University of Karachi (KU) and federal Urdu varsity had postponed all the scheduled ... Full Story
|Sit-in on Nato routes: Balochistan route may also be choked|
04 December 2013
PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI ) chief Imran Khan on Tuesday said his party was considering blocking Nato supply routes in other provinces as well.
“PTI may block Nato supply routes in Punjab and Balochistan as supply is being carried out via Chaman border,” said Imran, talking to The Express Tribune.
Earlier, addressing a protest camp at Hayatabad Toll Plaza, Imran poignantly questioned why the federal government failed to implement the resolutions passed in both provincial and ... Full Story