Local people and media gather outside the perimeter wall and sealed gate into the compound and a house where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught and killed late Monday, in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Cryptome
Washington Post: Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout could be turned into a children’s playground or a graveyard
A years-long Pakistani land dispute pitting the military against the civilian government is culminating in one seemingly simple question: Should the field where Osama bin Laden’s compound once stood be turned into a playground, or a graveyard?
The local cantonment administration, largely controlled by the military, is pushing for the graveyard. They seek to rectify “a serious shortage of graveyards in the area,” said Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, a cantonment administration official, according to the Times in London.
The government wants a playground. Mushtaq Ghani, the Information Minister of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government, told the Times, “You can’t develop a cemetery in the middle of houses.”
But this seemingly minor disagreement is a reflection of years of disputes between the two stakeholders over who, exactly, controls the 38,000 square feet in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden hid for five years.
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WNU Editor: Turning it into a graveyard will attract Jihadi wannabes who want to be buried on the same ground that Osama Bin Laden walked. If it was to me, I would build a Christian church on it .... just to aggravate these people.