Osama Bin Laden Killed. Was Hiding in Abbottabad. What Will This Mean For Pakistan?

Posted on May 2, 2011
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Adil Najam

Late during the night between May 1 and May 2 in Pakistan there was news floating of a low-flying helicopter having blown up in the city of Abbottabad. There was much speculation, some wild rumors, but no confirmation of what had happened. Then, late night May 1 US East Coast Time (some six hours after the news about from Abbottabad had first started circulating in Pakistan), television screens in the US started flashing a notice that President Barack Obama would soon speak to the nation on a security issue. Rumors and speculation started flashing again.

(Unconfirmed – and, now, reportedly fake – photo of Osama Bin Laden’s dead body being shown on a private TV channel in Pakistan)

Soon it was confirmed that the news was that Osama Bin Laden had been killed: President Obama then confirmed that ke was killed in Pakistan, in Abbottabad, in an operation led by the US but conducted with support of Pakistani authorities (still not clear how much support, and whose). Reportedly, the US now has possession of Osama Bin Laden’s body.

This is a huge development in the War on Terror, even if Osama Bin Laden’s actual role had now become symbolic rather than operational. It is a development that also has huge implications for Pakistan, and for Pakistan-US relations.

More details are trickling by the minute. And partly for that reason it is not yet clear just what happened and which details are confirmed and which are speculation. What is now confirmed is: (a) Osama Bin Laden has been killed, (b) Osama Bin Laden was killed by US forces, (c) Osama Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, (d) Osama Bin Laden was killed in an operation that was eventually supported by Pakistani authorities, and (e) CNN has no idea about anything that has to do with Pakistan (according to them Abbottabad is an outskirt just outside Islamabad!

As details come in and as a narrative and reactions develop both in Washington and in Islamabad, the one big – the one biggest – question that every Pakistani is thinking about is: What will this mean for Pakistan-US relations? What will this mean for Pakistan and Pakistanis? What will this mean for terrorism within Pakistan as a backlash of this incident?

What do you think?

142 responses to “Osama Bin Laden Killed. Was Hiding in Abbottabad. What Will This Mean For Pakistan?”

  1. hiralious says:


    tally your sentiments

  2. Adnan says:

    And I hope some day your friends in Tampa base would give you a “honey moon” trip ticket for Afghanistan so that you could enjoy same luxury and love affair with Talibans like you have been in US.

  3. Qudsia says:

    Good thing that Osama is dead. Whatever else that makes teh world a better place.

  4. Sashi says:

    I really hope that he is dead.
    And I wish the Americans will provide some proof. Right now all we have is their word for this, and frankly these days that US word does not count for much.
    Sashi (India)

  5. pakistan says:

    how else would you take revenge for or justify actions of mr. Raymond?

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