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Pakistan panel blasts gov't incompetence in Bin Laden case

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Islamabad, Jul 9 (EFE).- The panel created by Pakistan to investigate how Osama bin Laden was able to live in the country undetected for nine years before his death in a U.S. special forces raid detected "incompetence at almost all levels of government," according to a leaked report disseminated Tuesday by Al Jazeera.

The Pakistani press reported on the report and printed strongly critical remarks made by the panel regarding different institutions, asking them to "apologize before the nation."

Pakistan's main intelligence agency, ISI, is singled out for its failure to locate the world's most wanted man.

The report also says that civilian authorities and the police received orders that impeded them in doing their work after learning of the May 2, 2011, raid by U.S. Navy SEALs that resulted in the death of the Al Qaeda leader.

The document points to the possible collaboration of some locals with the SEAL operation and mentions retired Col. Said Iqbal, an associate of former armed forces chief and President Pervez Musharraf.

The raid also was a heavy blow to the pride of the Pakistani army, greatly increased the tension in relations between the military and the civilian government and caused ties between Washington and Islamabad to deteriorate.

The Pakistani government ordered the formation of the panel one month after the operation that killed Bin Laden amid the public incredulity that the Al Qaeda leader could have been living calmly in the country.

The panel also confirmed previous reports about how in 2002 Bin Laden escaped from allied troops in Afghanistan and crossed into Pakistani territory, where he lived in various enclaves in the northern part of the country before establishing himself in Abbottabad in 2005.

Bin Laden, according to the panel's report, shaved his beard and sometimes sported a cowboy hat in his efforts to avoid detection in Pakistan.

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