Pak's OBL Abbottabad raid report 'contradicts' US version of events
The findings of the Abbottabad Commission, which will be presented to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf soon, are completely different from the American version, according to a law ministry official.
The 700-page report, which will constitute the first official version of the events that took place on May 2, 2011, from Pakistan's side, includes 200 recommendations compiled after interviewing 300 witnesses and 3,000 documents, reports The Express Tribune.
According to the report, the findings are based on statements taken from former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's family, his neighbours and government officials who entered the compound after the US special forces' raid as well as senior government and military officials.
It said that Bin Laden lived in the compound from 2005 to 2011, never left the residence during his stay, and watched Al Jazeera Television for news alerts regarding Al-Qaeda.
During the raid that ended the life of the world's 'most wanted terrorist', Bin Laden advised his family members to be patient and to read the Kalma Sharif.
Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi, who reportedly helped the CIA trace the Al-Qaeda leader, was described in detail in the report. According to the findings, Dr Afridi was unaware of the fact that he was assigned to collect DNA samples of Bin Laden's children.
The report further revealed that Dr Afridi was asked to wind up his project and move to the US till the day when the Abbottabad compound was raided. The CIA paid Dr Afridi 10,000 dollars for the phony campaign.
In its recommendations, the commission suggests that consolidating links with secret agencies of other countries, a comprehensive strategy to deter covert operations of foreign forces and military diplomacy would be the best way to halt May 2-style raids in the future.
The report says the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had given to the CIA four phone numbers of the Al-Qaeda chief and two letters containing information of Bin Laden's stay in Abbottabad.
The law ministry official also revealed that the "commission's members had some serious differences when the findings were being recorded, which led to a delay of almost a year".