The country can’t keep ducking questions about bin Laden and his accomplices’ decade-long sojourn there.
How did bin Laden come to settle in Abbottabad? His movements are described by his youngest wife, Amal Ahmed al-Sadah in an Islamabad police report. She says that “everything was arranged by” two men she called “Ibrahim” and “Abrar” who shared their safe houses in the Swat Valley, Haripur and, finally, Abbottabad. What did the Pakistani authorities know about these Pashtun brothers? U.S. officials believe that one of them, known as Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, was bin Laden’s key courier. An intrepid Associated Press reporter found last week their house in Haripur; the real estate broker said he had rented it to “Salim and Javed Khan,” who claimed to be from Charsadda, just north of Peshawar. The AP reported that, according to a relative of the house’s owner, “two months ago, several agents from [Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence] took all the records of the house and its tenants.” The same thing seems to have happened with the property records for the Abbottabad compound. What do these documents show? The ISI should explain. MAZHAR ALI KHAN/AP