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Pak 'Osama raid' commission briefed on legal issues related to US operation

October 27, 2011 - Islamabad

The inquiry commission set up by the Pakistan Government for probing the Osama bin Laden debacle has been briefed on legal issues in connection with the May 2 US raid on Al Qaeda leader's lair in Abbottabad.

The inquiry commission went through laws that the American and Pakistani governments quote to justify or oppose the US raid carried out to hunt down bin Laden, The Dawn reported.

International legal affairs expert Ahmer Bilal Soofi gave a detailed presentation to the members of the Abbottabad Commission.

According to a handout, the commission interviewed the director general of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), the chairman of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), Advocate Soofi and an explosives expert.

The commission was apprised of the American and international laws cited by the US government to justify the operation, the report said, attributing to sources.

It was also informed about Pakistan's perception on the incident and laws quoted by the government while opposing the US raid.

The commission wanted to ascertain the legality of the US intrusion and use of force against the backdrop of the United Nations charter and Security Council resolutions, the sources said.

It also wanted to know whether the forces fighting against Al Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan had the mandate to conduct a military operation in Abbottabad to hunt down bin Laden, the sources added.

The Abbottabad Commission's next meeting will be held on October 31.


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