Friday, 10 June 2011

{EOB}The Abbottabad Incident: 5 Points That Show It Was A Hoax

Miriam Mehdi |The Writer

Bin Laden’s "recent" death marks a win against anti-terrorism. Confetti! 

Not only is there inconsistency but there are serious loop holes in the unveiling stories about the Abbottabad operation.

Here are five big question marks which force me to believe that this whole operation was nothing but a hoax:

1. No proper communications setup

If such an important leader of Al-qaeda has been living in Abbottabad for such a long time and also he has been taking major decisions of Al-Qaeda, wouldn’t he have a very strong and secure communication system? I am sure he was not relying on pigeon to convey all his messages:

"Alright, I am all set in Abbottabad, its go green for the next bomb attack. Also see the map attached to the right leg of the pigeon, the red circle is where you blast next”. What if one of the pigeon falls victim to a drone attack, how many days before they can tell they need a new pigeon?

If the master mind of the 9/11 attack was living in Abbottabad, a lot of laptops, cellphones, wireless sets and other gadgets would have been recovered from his hideout instead of a bunch of old fashioned PCs etc.

2. No proper food supplies

Food, after air and water are the basic necessities of survival and if you are living in a compound with your kids and wives, it seems impossible that there isn't a proper food stock. In fact, Osama was not the only person living there as the media suggests, which means more tummies and more food needs - there has to be proper system to feed people. Anyone hungry would go out and buy stuff from the nearest grocery store.

What about the electricity bills, water supply or gas bills for that matter? We sure don’t have a put-a-coin and get-the-supply system in Pakistan.

3. "Living for 5 years" - Seriously?

With the given facts and figures this does not seem like the case. Even if Osama was found there, he was probably on a run. It is hard to believe that he was living there for such a long time. Living for five years in such an important city adjacent to Pakistan's military academy with no proper security, supplies and networking.

4. Security issues

Such a high profile leader having a grand cash reward on his head, major intelligence agencies after him, the US waiting for the announcement of his death and he dies without fighting back? Only very few weapons are found, no guards, no security system is in place. I do not know but someone who planned 9/11, he is not expected to be this non-tech savvy. In fact, it is very hard to believe that the operation lasted for only forty-minutes in total with no major casualities on the other side. 

5. Money talks

Unfortunately in a country like Pakistan where one-fourth of the population is living below the poverty line, a lot of things sell for money. 

The timings is perfect, America had been operating in Pakistan for quite some time now and it was all going in vain. Their operations had resulted in more civilian deaths than militants and now the people of US had started to take notice. Unlike Pakistanis, when American citizens notice, that surely has an impact and gets due coverage. The Presidential elections are near and who does not like to stay in power?

So bingo, "OBL’s death" changes the picture. 

The writer is a business student and instructor, who actively takes part in social activities.

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