By Binu Mathew
US president Barack Obama announced last night that Osama bin Laden had been killed on Sunday in a US operation in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, about 61km north of Islamabad.
"Tonight, I can report to the people of the United States and the world, the United States had carried an operation that has killed Osama bin Laden, a terrorist responsible for killing thousands of innocent people. Today, at my direction, the United States carried out that operation... they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body. The death of Bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date against al-Qaeda."
Later, it was reported that Bin Laden's body was buried in the sea.
The timing of the announcement of Bin Laden's killing and the quick disposal of his body raise several questions.
There were reports that Osama Bin Laden had died in December, 2001. If those reports were true, how he is killed once again in Abbottabad?
If the person killed in Abbottabad is indeed Bin Laden, that story should have been verified by an independent DNA test. Why did the US authorities quickly disposed of the body, that too in the sea, at an undisclosed location, without waiting for an independent DNA verification? Is there an effort to destroy evidence?
We need an answer,
because for the blood of this man, more than a million men, women and children were killed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Several million people were made refugees. Thousands of families were destroyed. Thousands of people were tortured and disappeared. Thousands of US servicemen got killed in those countries.
We need an answer.
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