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The Washington Post opinion pages have, perhaps inadvertently, shone a spotlight on an unanswered but important question in Pakistan: what has become of the Abbottabad Commission report?
From the assassination of the country’s first prime minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, to the break-up of Pakistan in the 1971 war, to the killing of Akbar Bugti, which turbo-charged yet another Baloch insurgency, there have been convulsive events whose origins and histories have been investigated but the results of those inquiries kept secret.
In turn, the national security of the state has suffered as the truth and accountability have been suppressed in favour of institutional interests.
Making public the Abbottabad report would demonstrate that national security is being returned to the public domain, where it belongs and where it can be debated without fear or intimidation.
Moreover, publication would help cleanse the dominant narrative that has had toxic effects. From the fate of Shakil Afridi to the stoking of anti-Americanism, the Abbottabad episode has been turned into a weapon rather than what it should have been: an opportunity to correct course.