En offisiell pakistansk rapport om Osama bin Ladens flyttemønster forteller interessante detaljer om hvor han oppholdt seg. Men rapporten gir ikke svar på hvordan han kunne holde seg skjult.
Den er heller ikke opptatt av å hindre gjentagelser. Men den er opptatt av å forhindre lignende raid som det amerikanerne gjennomførte.
Det rimer med Pakistans reaksjon i mai 2011: Myndighetene var ikke forlegne eller skamfulle over at Osama bin Laden befant seg en kilometer fra landets fremste militærakademi, de var vrede på USA for å ha krenket pakistans territorium.
Its findings reveal that the arrest of Khalid Bin Attash (an Al Qaeda member who was involved in the pre-9/11 attacks such as on USS Cole and the embassies in Africa) in ‘2002’ from Karachi led to the first major breakthrough – he is the one who identified Abu Ahmed Ali Kuwaiti (the Kuwaiti born Pakistani who was OBL’s right hand man and courier and the man who led the Americans to Bin Laden.
After this information came to light, the Kuwaiti intelligence service was contacted but it could not provide any details about the man.
During the search for this man, CIA provided four phone numbers between “2009 to Nov 2010” to Pakistan but without any details as to who they were searching for, a source privy to the report’s details has told Dawn.
Dawn has learnt that these numbers “most of the time remained off” but while the ISI kept the CIA in the loop it did so “without knowing the context and to whom these numbers belonged”.
Now in retrospect, the commission report confirms Attash’s disclosure – Kuwaiti was OBL’s right hand man.
According to what the commission has discovered, he was with OBL’s family in Karachi when it moved to the port city in Oct/Nov 2001.
In 2002, when the family (including OBL’s wives) moved to Peshawar, Kuwaiti was with them and this is where OBL joined them – in mid-2002.
From here they moved to Swat where OBL was visited by Khalid Sheikh Mohammad.
A month later, KSM was arrested in Rawalpindi, prompting the scared OBL family to move to Haripur.
Kuwaiti and his brother Ibrar (who had joined the fugitives in Swat) were with OBL and they all stayed in Haripur till 2005.
And it is here that the move to Abbottabad was planned and executed by Kuwaiti. He is the one who purchased a plot in Abbottabad by using a fake identity card and also supervised the construction of the house, which says a source was custom built.
It contained three complexes. “One open compound, an annexe where Kuwaiti and his family lived and the main three storey house,” said the source, adding that the two top storeys were used by OBL and his family.
The youngest wife stayed on the second floor while the older wives – Sharifa and Khaira – stayed on the lower floor.
Ibrar and his wife lived on the ground floor.