Islamabad: Osama bin Laden's family had entered into Pakistan way back in October/November 2001 (around 9/11 Mumbai attack), whereas the then al-Qaeda chief joined them in Peshawar in mid-2002, a media report on Monday said quoting the findings of the Abbottabad Commission Report.
    
The Report, which is yet to be made public, contains a treasure trove of information on the hunt for the world's most wanted man – Osama Bin Laden, a daily reported.
    
Its findings reveal that the arrest of Khalid Bin Attash (an al-Qaeda member who was involved in the pre-9/11 attacks such as on USS Cole and the embassies in Africa) in '2002' from Karachi led to the first major breakthrough.
    
Attash is said to be the one who identified as Abu Ahmed Ali Kuwaiti, the Kuwaiti born Pakistani. Attash was Osama's right hand man and the man who led the Americans to bin Laden.
    
During the search for this man, CIA provided four phone numbers between 2009 to November 2010 to Pakistan but without any details as to who they were searching for, a source privy to the report's details was quoted as saying.
    
    
Talking about Kuwaiti, the report said that the commission has discovered that he was with Osama's family in Karachi from where he moved to the port city in October/November 2001".
    
"In 2002, when the family (including Osama's wives) moved to Peshawar, Kuwaiti was with them and this is where Osama joined them – in mid-2002". Later, they moved to Swat where Osama was visited by Khalid Sheikh Mohammad.

Kuwaiti and his brother Ibrar (who had joined the fugitives in Swat) were with Osama and they all stayed in Haripur till 2005. Kuwaiti planned and executed the move to Abbottabad at Haripur.

Osama's right-hand man is the one who purchased a plot in Abbottabad by using a fake identity card and supervised the construction of the house.
    
"A leading Pakistani newspaper has learnt that the commission has pointed out the violations made by the residents of the Abbottabad House which remained unchecked by the authorities at the local level," the report said.
    
According to the report, al-Qaeda chief was armed and looking for a hand grenade when he was killed by US Special Forces in his compound in Abbottabad in 2011. "When the SEALs barged into Laden's room, he is said to have had a weapon in his hand and was searching for a grenade on the shelf," the daily said.

(Agencies)

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