Pakistan forms commission to probe bin Laden raid

Pakistan's prime minister has named the members of a commission tasked with investigating the circumstances surrounding the May 2 US raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Pakistan was embarrassed by the al-Qaeda chief's discovery in a northwest garrison city. The military was especially humiliated by the Americans' ability to carry out the operation and leave without detection.

Parliament demanded an independent commission instead of a military probe. The five-member panel's mandate includes establishing the "full facts" regarding bin Laden's presence in Pakistan, a statement on Tuesday said.

Its creation suggests the weak civilian government is seeking some leverage over the powerful security establishment.

The commission will be led by a judge and includes a retired general.


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