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Pak judicial commission interviews Laden widows

Islamabad: The Pakistani judicial commission investigating the killing of Osama bin Laden has interviewed the al-Qaeda leader`s widows and daughters for the first time, the panel said today. The "exhaustive interview" of bin Laden`s three widows and two daughters was conducted yesterday, said a brief statement issued by the commission.

The commission headed by former Supreme Court judge Javed Iqbal was today briefed on the US raid against bin Laden by Inter-Services Intelligence agency chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, TV news channels reported. Bin Laden`s widows, two Saudis and a Yemeni, and around 10 of his children have been in custody of Pakistani security agencies since US special forces killed the al-Qaeda leader during a covert raid in the garrison town of Abbottabad on May 2.

The commission had earlier barred authorities from sending bin Laden`s widows and children out of Pakistan. The government has directed the commission to probe how bin Laden`s presence in Pakistan went undetected for almost five years, the circumstances and facts of the US operation and any security lapses that may have occurred on May 2, and to make recommendations based on its findings.

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