ISLAMABAD - Abbottabad Inquiry Commission Chairman justice (r) Javed Iqbal has revealed that he had requested the Law Ministry to notify the exclusion of one member of the commission so that the findings of the commission could be made public without his signature.

Talking exclusively to TheNation, justice (r) Javed Iqbal said: “We have officially communicated to the Law Ministry to finish the membership of Abbas Khan from Abbottabad inquiry commission because he is not available to sign the report which is mandatory.

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 was constituted on June 21, 2011, and yet to submit its report despite the lapse of 17 months.

A member, Abbas Khan (former Punjab Police chief), is having treatment in the US and not available to sign the final draft of the report. “His signature is mandatory for the submission of the report but immediately he is not available so commission has decided to approach the Law Ministry to discharge him from his membership,” the former judge said.

Iqbal revealed 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. 

However, he abstained from revealing the findings of the commission, saying:  “I am under an oath and can’t share findings of the commission.

The report of the inquiry commission is pending for couple of months. Source said that the commission had to wait couple of months for the statements of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. The commission dropped the idea of taking the statement of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for avoiding further delay, sources said.

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.