Govt forms probe body on Abbottabad raid

ISLAMABAD (Sabir Shakir): The government on Tuesday announced formation of a five-member investigation commission to probe into the US raid in Abbottabad killing al Qaida chief Osama Bin Laden, which the Parliament condemned as violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. The much-awaited body will be headed by senior most judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Javed Iqbal, while other members include former SC judge Justice Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim – the two names proposed by PML-N – former diplomat Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, former chairman Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority (ERRA) Lt. Gen Nadeem Ahmed, and former IG police Abbas Khan. Secretary Cabinet Division, Nargis Sethi, would be the secretary of the commission. Reports said Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr on today and discussed formulation of the body during the meeting in which Zardari approved names for the five-member commission. Sources said, in the light of parliaments unanimous resolution, the body would chalk out modalities to determine actual responsible of the security failure, Osama’s presence in Pakistan and violation of Pakistan’s airspace by the US.

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