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. Adnan says:


    Are you one of drawing experts like Najam Shitty who described the whole scene as if he was there.?

    Are you saying that those who were not in 10,000 were actually greeting USA?

    Kindly don’t curse your mighty ignorance further.

  2. Mohammed says:

    Osama Bin Laden was not the only major terrorist sheltered in Pakistan. Even now, the following major terrorists are being sheltered and supported in Pakistan. Those intelligence, military and political leaders of Pakistan responsible for sheltering and supporting terrorists should be questioned and held responsible for their criminal actions.

    * Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Head Of Lashkar-e-Taiba who was responsible for the terrorist attacks in Bombay on 11/26/2008.
    * Dawood Ibrahim, the under-ground terrorist leader who was responsbile for multiple terrorist bomb attacks in Bombay on 3/12/1993.
    * Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Sirajuddin Haqqani, fundamentalist Taliban commanders of Haqqani network fighting Afghan and American forces.
    * Mullah Mohammed Omar, the head of Afghanistan’s ousted Taliban regime

    The fact that Osama Bin Laden was living close to Pakistan’s capital Islamabad adjacent to major military establishments shows that he had high level political and intelligence support in Pakistan. It has been reported that Osama Bin Laden had financed and supported the political campaigns of Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan and his brother Shahbaz Sharif, the current Chief Minister of Punjab in Pakistan. Sharif brothers and some elements of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency and military have covertly supported terrorist organizations like Lashkar-E-Taiba and Taliban in Pakistan.

    It is high time Pakistani people realise and defeat these sinister elements in their political, military and intelligence leadership who are destroying democratic secular development of Pakistani society, in order to benefit their own short sighted ambitions. Also, the role of leaders in Saudi Arabia and UAE who are financing and stoking fundamentalists in Pakistan and Afghanistan should be exposed and defeated.

  3. Mohammed says:

    The strategy of supporting terrorists has come to haunt Pakistan, hindering economic and educational developments. It is cynical for Saudis and UAE Arabs to be supporting violent extremism in Pakistan, while curbing their activities at home. Wahabists and their local collaborators like Taliban are even desecrating shrines of great Sufi saints in Pakistan.

    It is time Pakistan return to the dream of the founding father Mohammed Ali Jinnah, who wanted Pakistan to be a Secular Democratic Republic. Mixing of religion and politics not only distorts politics, it demeans religion itself.

  4. Kamil says:

    I am very happy that the Americans got Osama finally. It took them 10 years to do so which is sad specially since their failure to get him at Tora Bora has caused so much destruction. But it is good to finally see them getting someone themselves, since all the other major people captured (in those cases people were captured live instead of fumbling operations that killed the prize) were captured by the Pakistanis or the Afghanis. So, glad the Americans got at least one for all their money without needed help.

  5. Meengla says:

    As far as I can see, a rough estimate of people ‘mourning’ OBL over past several days in all cities of Pakistan does not even make to a count of 10,000 ? Certainly no more than 20,000? And that including the supposedly big Friday post-Friday prayer’s demonstration.
    Yeah, some ‘Salahuddin’ he was! Bin Laden is soundly rejected by Pakistanis! Good riddance, again!

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