Questions Pakistan needs to answer

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While it may seem an intimidating task to sift through the reams of fascinating information emerging from bin Laden’s recent assassination, one article certainly worth making time for is Steve Coll’s latest in The New Yorker.

Coll speculates that ‘bin Laden was effectively being housed under Pakistani state control’, and asks a range of questions that Pakistan needs to answer concerning bin Laden’s living arrangements:

“Who owned the land on which the house was constructed? How was the land acquired, and from whom? Who designed the house, which seems to have been purpose-built to secure bin Laden? Who was the general contractor? Who installed the security systems? Who worked there? Are there witnesses who will now testify as to who visited the house, how often, and for what purpose?”

Answers to such questions have been so far conspicuous by their absence from Islamabad.

[H/T : Also worth reading is Coll’s remarkably detailed Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden; one of the best books out there on the international jihadist movement and formation of al-Qaeda.]

HJS



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