"Nobody here believes that it really happened."

Those were the words spoken today by the dean of an Abbottabad area girls' college.

Although she chose to remain unnamed, she was in Abbottabad on that infamous night when it was said that Osama Bin Laden had been killed in the Bilaltown Colony of Abbottabad, near the Ilyasi Mosque. And while she, herself, claims not to have heard the sounds as she was sleeping, her neighbors in Jinnahbad Colony heard the commotion.

Her words don't reflect the notion that the events of Sunday night were surreal to herself and fellow Abbottabadis. Rather, they reflect that the events were actually NOT real. Thus is the sentiment among many people of Abbottabad and some over Pakistan today. With U.S. President Barack Obama's impending reelection campaign and once dwindling poll numbers, the resounding sentiment in Abbottabad is that the events were a "staged drama" to support Obama's reelection campaign.

Interestingly, this view is being echoed by Pakistanis in the US as well, as many today are dealing with the aftermath of Sunday's raid and the wagging fingers of blame of the politicians and talking heads in the U.S. media networks today.

So, was Pakistan to blame? Were they hiding Osama Bin Laden? Or, as many Pakistanis are asking today, was anyone even killed in the supposed Osama Bin Laden Abbottabad hideaway last Sunday? 

While the public may never know the full answer, several questions are being raised on both sides. In the United States, pundits and politicians alike are wondering how Osama Bin Laden was able to live so close to a major Pakistani military facility and remain unnoticed-- or worse off, whether he really did live there unnoticed. In Abbottabad, questions are being raised as to whether the tall walled compound in Bilaltown was ever a Bin Laden hideaway at all. If so, Pakistanis are asking, why weren't photographs released to the public of a dead Osama Bin Laden? After all, they say, Saddam Hussain's photos were released.

In an obvious attempt to address these concerns and to defray blame directed at Pakistan, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post today. Titled "Pakistan did it's part," Zardari goes on to address Sunday's raid and remind the world that Pakistan, too, is a victim of terror. And while he admits that Sunday's operation was not a joint one, he attempts to remind the American public that Pakistani intelligence and cooperation allowed the events of Sunday night to take place.

While Zardari's Washington Post op-ed may not be enough to put the Pakistani population at peace, is it enough to shield Pakistan from the glare and blame of the U.S. media? As more details emerge, only time will tell if and what Pakistan's involvement was in the harboring of Osama Bin Laden. And similarly, as details emerge, the skeptics of Sunday's events may or may not get the answers they are seeking.

What matters at this stage, however, is that the world needs to move on from Sunday's events and ask what to do next-- whether relating to the pursuit and defeat of other alleged terror threats or whether relating to the escalating mistrust between Pakistan and the United States.


Maryam Khan Ansari is a California tax attorney with family roots in Abbottabad. Follow her on Twitter @maryamkansari.

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Omar A.

May 6th

For those interested in more on this topic (how bin Laden was able to hide in Abbottabad), see Yahoo's cover story today:

Satish Chandra

May 3rd

According to the American announcement, Osama bin Laden was not killed DURING the firefight but executed with a shot in the head AFTER he had been taken into custody. Like CIA kingpin K. Subrahmanyam's fake death, his death -- in preparation for a withdrawal from Afghanistan -- is a consequence of India having prepositioned five to six nuclear weapons in various cities/countries for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United states (see below) and may be similarly fake. I am India's expert in strategic defence and the father of India's strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program and in my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.', which can be found by a Yahoo search with the title, I have shown that all terrorism and insurgencies in the Indian subcontinent and in much of the rest of the world are sponsored by the C.I.A. Both Pakistan's ISI and India's RAW function as branches of the C.I.A. and participate in terrorism and insurgencies throughout the Subcontinent, under direction of the C.I.A. The goal of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and partial occupation of Pakistan is eventual occupation and overt colonial rule over the Subcontinent as a whole; India is already under covert CIA rule. To end this, India has said that five to six nuclear bombs have been prepositioned in various cities/countries such as New Delhi, Washington and New York -- see my blog -- for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States. Indian media people have been covering the white man's wedding as if he is India's prince. How many stories have you carried about India's sovereign (see my blog above) who is also the most intelligent, most handsome man on Earth whose toe-nail clippings are worth more to India and the world than the rest of the billion-plus Indians combined? RAW has been putting out a breathless story on the white man's wedding, in the Times of India, NDTV, etc., about every five minutes just as it promotes the AIDS woman and her gang-rapist son. It is all part of maintaining white rule over India (see 'What You Should Know About RAW' in my blog above). India's emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, was kept in exile while the British ruled India just as India's sovereign is being kept in exile while the CIA rules India. Tens of millions of Indians killed by the British in just the ten years after 1857 -- depopulating entire regions so there weren't any men left to till the land -- and many more right up to 1947 is how you generate love and admiration for conquerors -- Americans doing the same in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. call it 'pacification' -- loved and admired by one Swapan Dasgupta who wrote a column admiring me as "Quick Gun Murugan" about twenty years ago at which he was recruited by CIA-RAW. India will depopulate enemies -- to hell with love and admiration -- with nuclear bombs. Satish Chandra

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