Osama’s presence in Pakistan an enduring mystery: DailyMarch 1st, 2012 - 12:49 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, March 1 (IANS) Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad, where he was killed last year, is the subject of enduring mystery and endless speculation, said a daily that described the episode as a severe embarrassment for the Pakistani government and the armed forces in particular.
In an operation that began Saturday night, authorities Monday finished demolishing the three-storey house in Abbottabad where Osama was found and killed by American commandos May 2 last year.
An editorial in the News International said the dust has settled over the site which was once home to Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad “but there are any number of unanswered questions which will remain answered”.
“Where Bin Laden’s body is resting is a question that has fed a raft of conspiracy theories the size of the Titanic.
“We can also wonder endlessly why the Pakistani government decided to raze the compound anyway. It had become something of an unwelcome tourist attraction though. Perhaps it is for this reason that it was flattened, to prevent it becoming a shrine and place of pilgrimage,” it said.
The daily said the site was visited several times by “our own investigators after the raid, and the Americans were also allowed access, but neither foreign nor domestic media had a chance to look inside the compound in any detail”.
It described the episode as “a severe embarrassment for the Pakistani government and the armed forces in particular…”
“A symbolic line has now been drawn under the death of Osama bin Laden, but the reality is that his death, the circumstances surrounding it and what we did or did not know about his presence in Abbottabad are going to be the subject of enduring mystery and endless speculation.”
The editorial said the Americans took what they describe as a treasure-trove of information from the compound and “we took whatever the Americans did not and neither side is about to say what it has got or what it is going to do with it any time soon”.
“And there may be much that we will never hear on events surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden.”
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