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Team to probe Laden killing contituted

Pakistan has formed a commission to probe the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a covert US raid in Abbottabad and to determine the nature and causes of lapses that have embarrassed the government.

world Updated: Jun 01, 2011 15:54 IST

Pakistan has formed a commission to probe the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a covert US raid in Abbottabad and to determine the nature and causes of lapses that have embarrassed the government.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani constituted the five-member commission headed by Supreme Court Justice Javed Iqbal to investigate the "Abbottabad incident", said a statement on Wednesday from the premier's office.

The commission will "ascertain the full facts regarding the presence of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan" and "investigate circumstances and facts regarding the US operation in Abbottabad on May 2", the statement said.

The commission will also "determine the nature, background and causes of lapses of the concerned authorities, if any" and make "consequential recommendations".

The other members of the commission are former Supreme Court judge Fakhruddin G Ibrahim, Lt Gen (retired) Nadeem Ahmed, former police official Abbas Khan and former career diplomat Ashraf Jahangir Qazi, who once served as the High Commissioner in Delhi.

The Cabinet Secretary will work as the secretary of the commission.

A joint session of parliament, held on May 13, had recommended the setting up of a commission to investigate the circumstances that led to the embarrassing development of bin Laden being found and killed on Pakistani soil.