The second meeting of the high powered commission, tasked with investigating the May 2 Abbottabad incursion by the US Navy Seals and reported killing of Osama bin Laden (OBL) by them, took place on Monday under the chairmanship of Supreme Court Judge, Justice Javed Iqbal, here in the Cabinet Division Block of Pakistan Secretariat. The other members of the commission, IG (r) Abbas Khan, Ashraf Jehangir Qazi and Lt Gen (r) Nadeem Ahmed, also attended the meeting. Major General Ashfaq Nadeem and deputy chief of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Marshall Mohammed Hassan, appeared before the commission and gave briefings. Afterwards the two officials answered question of the commission members.
The commission discussed the deployment of the air force and army on the borders and the violation of Pakistani airspace by the US during the time of the operation.
Air Marshal Mohammad Hassan gave a detailed statement to the commission highlighting the events leading to Abbottabad Operation. He elaborated functioning of radar system, which forms the fundamental component of PAF’s air defence system. He also informed the commission about locations and altitude the PAF radars can cover, and their operation mechanism during war as well as peacetime.
He also indicated situations where the radar system cannot detect an intruding aircraft/helicopter due to terrain limitations. He stated that for the past many years and prior to May 2, PAF has maintained peacetime posture on its western borders.
He told the commission that on learning about the OBL operation, PAF immediately took adequate operational measures as per standard operating procedures (SOPs). PAF aircraft continued their presence in Abbottabad area till early morning.