Latest on Bin Laden

Nevine Mabro, a journalist for Britain’s Channel 4 News who produced a video report from outside the gates of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad on Tuesday, reported on Twitter a few hours ago that Pakistani police had sealed off the neighborhood for a time on Wednesday morning and were “guarding all houses near OBLs compound.”

Lindsey Hilsum, a Channel 4 News correspondent who is also reporting from Abbottabad, wrote on Twitter at about the same time: “I’m told there are police in the houses of Bin Laden’s neighbors this morning. Area blocked but may open up later.”

The video report Ms. Hilsum and Ms. Mabro produced there one day earlier featured interviews with three men from the neighborhood around the home who suggested that it was not accurate to say that the high-walled compound had not drawn any notice at all from the neighbors. One young man even said that the fact that the compound had its own independent supplies of gas and electricity had raised eyebrows locally. He added: “Everyone thought that this house was very strange.”

About two hours ago, Ms. Hilsum posted a new update on Twitter, reporting that the crew had finally been allowed back in to the neighborhood, but noticed a significant change: “At the Bin Laden house again, but all the eyewitnesses are mysteriously absent leaving only police and children.”

She also reported that the absence of visual evidence of Bin Laden’s presence in the compound was fueling speculation in Abbottabad that the raid was an elaborate hoax.

Many outside #binladen house say they don’t believe he was there, this is ‘just a drama’. So will the US release the picture?

DEATH OF BIN LADEN: Pakistan under pressure to explain Osama’s location

Why is Pakistan being accused of harbouring such an infamous fugitve? When in other countries they live and plan attacks on them? 9/11 and 7/11 are perfect examples of this.

Also in Pakistan because of customs and culture to have a 10 ft wall around your home and windows to be shielded from prying eyes is quite regular. But the media keep hyping this matter up which I find really annoying. Don’t go on about these walls etc when for this country this is an everyday thing. Yes. security is a concern to all citizens living there and this is perfectly normal!

I am of the opinion “you got your guy, now back of” Anything that happens the focus goes back to a country that is already riddled with political and social issues. It’s one of the poorest 3rd world countries and is riddled with debt. Yet whenever America feels the need, it shifts the focus and blame of their terrorist problems on to them.

If you are one of the richest and smartest countries of this day and age. What you doing in Afghanistan when he was meant to be in Pakistan? You yourselves didn’t know where he was or you would have had him years ago.

And why haven’t you thrown other people out to sea? There are plenty that should have been and deserved to have been. Let me tell you why! Because no one has made shrines to anyone and no one would have made a shrine to him. So the question arises why have you thrown him to sea? (I don’t see this as a burial at all!)

While there is no excuse for what Osama Bin Laden did I truly wonder what Americas motives and thoughts are at times and my thoughts keep coming back to world domination. And I make this statement with the fact we never ever saw any proof of their accusations against Saddam Hussain and why they invaded Iraq. Even the British Prime Minister admitted to that war being a mistake.

The Pakistani President Zardari has been it very clear in his statement.. Such baseless speculation may make exciting cable news, but it doesn’t reflect fact.

“Pakistan had as much reason to despise al Qaida as any nation.The war on terrorism is as much Pakistan’s war as it is America’s.” The leader acknowledged bin Laden’s assassination was not a joint operation between his military and the Americans. But he insisted a decade of co-operation and partnership between the countries led to his elimination “as a continuing threat to the civilised world”.

It’s a shame that even after everything Pakistan has done on its fight against terrorism and supported the americans, they are still treated like terrorists themselves. Especially when this country has had its fare share of terrorism to deal with too.