Pakistani leader opposes commission on Osama killing

June 13th, 2011 - 2:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, June 13 (IANS) A senior Pakistani politician is not in favour of an independent commission to probe into the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden, saying the country “will suffer” if the military is found to be “in the wrong”.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman said it was his “personal opinion” that the probe was against “national interest”, Dawn reported.

“If the commission finds the military in the wrong, it will be Pakistan that will suffer, not the military leadership,” Rehman was quoted as saying.

The JUI-F leader said he had not attended the joint session of parliament that had adopted a resolution to set up the commission. Had he attended the session, he would have opposed the resolution, he said.

The government announced May 31 the setting up of a five-member commission headed by Supreme Court judge Javed Iqbal to investigate the May 2 US commando operation in a compound in Abbottabad that led to the death of the Al Qaeda chief.

Rehman said if the commission blamed the military for being “negligent”, it would result in the isolation of the defence forces.

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