By Andrew Steele
On May 3rdFarhan Bokhari of the Financial Times wrote a story titled ”Awoken by deafening roar of helicopters” about a nearby neighbor of the compound where Osama bin Laden was allegedly shot on May 1st, living 200 yards away with a 2 acre plot full of wheat between them. The neighbor’s name was Ihsaan Bashir, a 20 year old college student. According to the story he woke up to the sound of gunfire and climbed up on the roof of his house to see a U.S. helicopter flying over his head as flames raged at the compound.
From that article:
Mr Bashir understood that the cavernous, concrete house was “a residence belonging to a low-profile businessman”. Akbar and Rashid Khan, two Afghan émigrés, lived at bin Laden’s residence and were known to his neighbours. The two exchanged pleasantries but kept their distance.
The article states that the whereabouts of Akbar and Rashid Khan are unknown.
A BBC report taped many days after the raid featured an Abbottabad local named Shabir who looked at a picture in a newspaper that was taken from the supposed video of bin Laden watching himself on TV, which was put out by the U.S. government to try to prove that Osama bin Laden had indeed lived at the compound. However, Shabir identified the man as his neighbor–Akbar Khan– who he said he knew very well, and who owned the house where bin Laden was allegedly killed by Seals on May 1st, 2011.
The mainstream media has claimed that the owner of the compound was Arshad Khan, alleged to be bin Laden’s courier. Arshad Khan was killed in the raid and his death photos have been released. He looked nothing like the white bearded person in the so called “bin Laden watching TV” video. (Nor did Osama bin Laden).
The Financial Times story is yet another testimony by a witness– (this time with the full name of the witness listed)– that ”Akbar Khan” was one of the owners of the compound, proving that the man Shabir’s saw in the photo really did exist.