ISLAMABAD: Chairman Abbottabad Commission Justice (R) Javed Iqbal has said that the Commission report on May 2, 2011 incident is now complete and would be presented to the government as soon as one of the Commission’s ailing members signs the same.
The Chairman of the Commission while talking to `The News’ here on Tuesday said that the report is 100 per cent ready but awaits the signature of the Commission’s member Abbas Khan, who is presently unwell and is under treatment in the United States.
“As soon as he is back, the report would be signed and presented to the Prime Minister,” the retired Justice said, adding that a British newspaper’s recent report on the Commission’s finding was untrue and baseless.
The Commission’s chairman said that besides presenting the report to the government, he would also hold a press conference to apprise the media about the kind of work done by the Commission, the causes for prolonged proceedings and the reasons as to why the Commission had to intervene for the registration of FIR under treason charges against Dr Shakil Afridi.
Justice Iqbal was not ready to divulge the findings of the report, arguing that it would be for the government to decide whether to make it public or not once it is submitted by the Commission.
He, however, disclosed that the most sensitive part of the report is written by him in his own hand writing and would be composed/typed only on the day it would be presented to the government. He explained that such part of the report is almost 60 per cent of the complete report.
The `Daily Telegraph’ recently reported while quoting an unnamed source that no one else in the town (Abbottabad) knew the world’s most wanted man had taken up residence there.
“It (the Commission report) clears Pakistan’s government and military establishment of involvement, a verdict that will prompt accusations of a cover-up and infuriate Western diplomats,” the British newspaper said.
Quoting a senior government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, the newspaper said that they (the government authorities) would find few answers in the Commission’s report.
“At the end of the day it really doesn’t tell us much more than we already knew,” the unnamed source was further quoted as saying, adding, “It’s a disappointment for those who thought this episode might represent a turning point for Pakistan’s relationship with extremist groups.”
The report claimed that the five-member judicial Commission submitted its report to the government, the fact categorically denied by the Chairman of the Commission.