Ten years on: Still no explanation for why & how World’s No. 1 Terrorist Lived in Pakistan

UNSPECIFIED: Osama Bin Laden speaking in a video recorded in Afghanistan and aired by Al Jazeera Television on October, 7th 2001. (Photo by 0851/GAMMA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden, the world’s most-wanted terrorist, was taken out by American special forces in Pakistan’s garrison town of Abbottabad. One decade has passed but the people of Pakistan have yet to be informed why the world’s most notorious militant was found in a Pakistani town.


As an Editorial in the Dawn stated, “It was a surreal, sobering moment” and unfortunately “the state and society in Pakistan have yet to fully come to terms with the fact that Bin Laden was found in this country.”


Further, one decade later, “uncomfortable questions concerning Bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan remain unanswered. Some answers lie in the Abbottabad Commission report, which was leaked to the media but has never been officially released, much like many earlier commission reports probing national disasters.”


The Editorial asked the Government to release the report so that “conjecture and rumor mongering” do not “end up clouding the facts.” It is important so that “the mistakes made can be acknowledged and future blunders avoided.”


Author: Nasim Hussain