'Pak citizens ought to know factors and events leading to killing of Bin Laden by US': Editorial

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 09:02 hrs

Citizens of Pakistan ought to be know about the series of events and actions by the United States that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden in May last year, an editorial in a Pakistani daily has said.

According to the editorial in The Express Tribune, a five-member judicial commission, which had been set up to investigate the capture of bin Laden, submitted its findings to the Pakistan Government. But even a after a year since the events took place in the quiet hillside town of Abbottabad, the government has refrained form divulging any details to the public.

What Pakistanis know comes from the Western media with a UK-based newspaper recently reporting that in the final days before the raid, Bin Laden had retreated entirely into his home, refusing to step out in the compound on any given occasion, the editorial said.

According to the paper, the report appears to emphasise that the Pakistan government and military officials, perhaps, did not know of Bin Laden's presence in that non-descript white bungalow. However, some experts on Pakistan in the West believe his whereabouts were known to some key officials in the military establishment, making it possible for Bin Laden to remain in Abbottabad for a prolonged period of time.

It is also relevant that the judicial report focuses more on the US invasion of Pakistan rather than on why the world's most wanted militant was able to hide out in a garrison town undetected, and shedding light on the weak intelligence network of Pakistan, the editorial said.

While all these matters need to be explored in more detail, what is most important of all is that the cover of secrecy over events be lifted and this important report put before parliament and the public. "As citizens of a democracy, we need to know more about what happens in our country and the factors which lead to events of this kind unfolding in such an unexpected fashion," the editorial concluded. (ANI)

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