Laden's family can now not be moved anywhere out of Pakistan

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Islamabad, Jul 6: Osama bin Laden's family's tryst with Pakistan is not going to get over anytime soon as an independent commission set by the country's government has barred them from going off-shore. The commission is investigating the US raid that killed the most-wanted terrorist in Abbottabad, a garrison town in Pakistan.

This comes after a recent statement by the Pakistani government to let Laden's widows be repatriated to Yemen and Saudi Arabia - their countries of birth.

The recent decision by the commission may possibly set up a clash with the country's all-powerful military, who see the presence of Laden's family as a major embarrassment.

The four-member commission, headed by a Supreme Court judge, that is beginning its probe into the incident issued the order on late night Jul 5. Apart from investigating the US raid, the commission also has the mandate to probe as to how Laden hid in a high-security zone undetected by intelligence agencies.

In its statement, the commission has directed the interior ministry of the country and the ISI to ensure that Laden's family is not repatriated without its permission. It also added that during the course of the enquiry, it may summon the country's top military and intelligence officials for questioning.

People and governments around the world doubt that elements in Pakistan's military, ISI and government were aware of Laden's presence. It is probably due to these suspicions that the Pakistani government has promised to make public the findings of the commission.

However doubts still persist as to how much can the commission accomplish without the cooperation of the country's military and spy agency.

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