Four years on: ‘Bin Laden hideout will likely be turned into playground’

Bin Laden’s compound being demolished. PHOTO: FILE

ABBOTABAD: On May 2, 2011 during the wee hours of the morning, a rather calm locality of Abbottabad district became the centre of the world’s attention. Militant organisation al Qaeda’s top gun Osama Bin Laden was killed by US Navy Seals in Operation Neptune Spear under direct orders from President Barack Obama.

The mastermind whose outfit claimed responsibility of the deadly 9/11 attack, was found hiding within the confines of a triple-storey building on a 38,000 square foot plot in Bilal Town.

The house that reportedly protected the world’s most wanted man for years was declared off limits and a Danish diplomat was briefly detained with his wife in September 2011 while they were paying a visit to the area.

Following completion of the Abbottabad judicial commission’s investigation, the building was razed to the ground on February 26, 2012.

Four years on, as the dust of arguably the most significant development in the US’s War on Terror seems to settle, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has decided the fate of the compound. Talking to The Express Tribune, Minister for Information Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani said the plot that approximately measures six kanals (32,400 sq ft), will likely be turned into a playground…