Pakistan to make Osama inquiry report public

December 9th, 2011 - 10:07 am ICT by IANS  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, Dec 9 (IANS) 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, a top official has said.

Following the killing of bin Laden in Abbottabad 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 Thursday the commission was likely to complete the inquiry this month and the report will be handed over to the government with a recommendation to make it public.

“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.

So far 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, he said.

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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