ISLAMABAD - Weeks after dillydallying on the much awaited Abbotabbad Commission report regarding the covert US raid to kill Osama Bin Laden (OBL), the Law Ministry has passed the buck to the probing team for all the delay caused so far, saying they were “unclear” about the “ailing member” whose absence is the reason due to which the report could not be unveiled.

The Abbotabad inquiry commission is giving vague picture about exclusion of one its member Abbas Khan (presently under treatment in America) to Law Ministry, thus no decision has been taken as yet.

“Inquiry commission is not coming up with clear stance for de-notifying its member. The commission has confused the matter so no step has been taken as yet in this regard,” Secretary Law Ministry  Yasmin Abbasi exclusively told TheNation.

She said Inquiry commission has around two weeks before requested the Law Ministry to notify the exclusion of one members of the commission so that findings of the commission could be made public sans his signature. “A couple of days before they intimated the Law Ministry that member was coming back for US without mentioning any other detail,” she said, adding that things are confused either to exclude him (Abbas Khan) or not.

Meanwhile, sources said that the commission would make all-out effort to not further delay the finding of the report. Commission will try to unveil its report by the end of this year.

It would not be out of place to mention here that Abbottabad Inquiry Commission had requested the Law Ministry to de-notify one of member of the commission so that the finding of the commission could be made public sans his (Abbas Khan) signature.

Abbas Khan (former Punjab Police chief) is currently under treatment in the America so not available to sign the final draft of the report, which is mandatory for the submission of the report as he was part of the commission during almost all the activities.

Because of his (Abbas Khan) unavailability for long time now it was decided by the commission to discharge him from membership so that important report could be made public.

The commission head justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal had earlier told this newspaper that the report had been completed for six weeks and as soon as the Law Ministry would allow the commission to submit it without the signature of Abbas Khan, it would be submitted.   It is pertinent to mention here that the commission report is pending for last over one and half year due to certain reasons.

The commission has reportedly recorded statements of the heads of military and civil intelligence agencies, the Military Operations director general, Pakistan ambassador to Washington, present and former foreign ministers, secretaries and family members of Osama bin Laden.

The five-member commission is investigating into the killing of Osama bin Laden in a US Navy Seals swoop in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011. The commission constituted on June 21, 2011 is yet to submit its report despite lapse of 17 months.