Abbottabad raid: Commission to present its report to PM soon
ISLAMABAD: The commission investigating the killing of Osama bin Laden during a raid in Abbottabad last year will present its investigative report to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, DawnNews reported on Monday.
The report stated that Dr Shakeel Afridi had been paid $10,000 to provide United States intelligence agencies with information on the Al Qaeda chief’s whereabouts.
The report was compiled by the Abbottabad Commission after reviewing statements of 300 eyewitnesses and 3000 documents.
According to the report, bin Laden was living in the compound in Abbottabad from 2005 to 2011 and never left the compound. The report added that he watched Al-Jazeera TV in order to keep himself updated with Al Qaeda’s activities.
The commission’s report said that the bin Laden told his family to remain calm and recite the ‘Kalma Tayyaba’ during the operation.
The report also states that the American agency CIA had rewarded Dr Shakeel Afridi with $10,000 to help them find Bin Laden. Dr Afridi had attempted to gain access to the compound thrice but remained unsuccessful. But with the help of a colleague, Dr Amna, he managed to get the DNA of the children in bin Laden’s family on the pretext of hepatitis vaccinations. They matched voice samples of Osama’s wife as well.
Following the verification of the DNA tests, American authorities asked Dr Afridi to shift to the US.
The report added that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) provided the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with four telephone numbers belonging to Osama and all letters mailed at the address of the compound.