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Nawaz wonders 'why Pak Govt's afraid of forming commission' to probe Osama raid

June 8, 2011 - Lahore

Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif has reiterated his demand for the formation of an independent commission to investigate the May 2 raid by US troops in Abbottabad, and wondered why the government was afraid of setting up the committee.

Osama bin Laden, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed on May 2 in a top secret US unilateral military operation in Pakistan's Abbottabad city.

During a long joint session held last month to debate the US raid inside Pakistani territory, the parliamentarians had called for an independent investigation into the raid that killed the world's most wanted terrorist.

Talking to reporters at the Lahore Gymkhana cricket ground, Nawaz said that it was a unanimous resolution and the federal government was part of it.

"No one really knows why the government is afraid of forming the commission when it should have been its top priority after the consensus resolution," The Dawn quoted the PML-N chief, as saying.

"Such delaying tactics are not only robbing the government of its credibility and creating uncertainty, but also damaging democracy," he added.

Nawaz rued that there was complete lawlessness and uncertainty in Pakistan, which was "benefiting no-one."

The former prime minister also said that successive dictators had not allowed democracy to function properly in Pakistan, but it was regrettable that now an elected government was damaging democracy.


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