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Pakistan's Osama commission stirs up controversy

06-03-2011 14:53 BJT

ISLAMABAD, June 3 (Xinhua) -- A Pakistani government's commission, mandated with ascertaining the facts about the presence of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and probing the U.S. unilateral raid that killed the al-Qaida chief, faced controversy before it kicked off the highly important investigation.

The five-member commission was to be headed by Justice Javed Iqbal, a Supreme Court judge, and its other members include a retired lieutenant general, a former Supreme Court judge, a former police chief and a former ambassador, the prime minister office said.

The commission was constituted on Tuesday some two weeks after the Pakistani parliament approved a unanimous resolution demanding that an independent commission investigate the May 2 U.S. incursion.

The U.S. unilateral action to kill Osama bin Laden had sparked a widespread protest across the country as the country's radar system could not detect movement of the U.S. military helicopters, which conducted some 40-minute operation in the garrison city of Abbottabad.

According to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's office, the commission's mandate includes establishing "the full facts" regarding Osama's presence in Pakistan, as well as details about the U.S. incursion.

The commission shall determine the nature, background and causes of lapses of the concerned authorities, if any. The commission shall make consequential recommendations, it said.

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