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Pakistan:Widow of Osama courier quizzed

Islamabad: A Pakistani judicial panel probing slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden`s presence in the country has quizzed the widow of his Kuwait-born courier, whose actions apparently led the CIA to the world`s most wanted man. The commission conducted an "exhaustive interview" of the widow of Abu Ahmed Al-Kuwaiti alias Arshad Khan on Monday, an official statement said.

The woman was injured during the covert US military operation that killed bin Laden and Al-Kuwaiti in Abbottabad on May 2.

The commission, headed by former Supreme Court judge Javed Iqbal, has been tasked by the government to probe how bin Laden`s presence in Pakistan went undetected for almost five years, the circumstances of the US raid and any security lapses that may have occurred on May 2, and to make recommendations based on its findings.

The panel is now expected to record the statements of several military officers, including the Director General at the Joint Staff Headquarters, Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Operations), and representatives of the Military Operations Directorate.

Al-Kuwaiti, who was of Pakistani origin, was bin Laden`s most trusted courier. His family lived in the same compound in Abbottabad with bin Laden`s family and was left behind by US forces after the raid. Both families were taken into custody by Pakistani intelligence agencies. Subsequent investigations revealed the compound had been purchased by Al-Kuwaiti.

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