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Pakistan plans amusement park in bin Laden's hideaway

February 5, 2013, 10:35 amAFP

Pakistan is planning to build a AUD $28 million amusement park with a zoo and adventure sports facilities in the city where Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces.

Pakistan plans amusement park in bin Laden s hideaway

The Pakistani city where Osama bin Laden was found and killed by US special forces is planning to build a $28 million amusement park in the hope of boosting tourism.

The 20-hectare riverside development on the edge of Abbottabad, where US Navy SEALs shot the al-Qaida leader dead on May 2, 2011, will include restaurants, a heritage centre and artificial waterfalls.

Abbottabad to be site of new amusement park. Photo: AP

The government of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province hopes the project, announced as a public-private partnership, will boost tourism but denied it was intended to improve the town's image after the humiliation of the bin Laden raid.

"The amusement city will be built on 50 acres in the first phase but later will be extended to 500 acres," Syed Aqil Shah, the provincial minister for tourism and sports, told AFP.

"It will have a heritage park, wildlife zoo, food street, adventure and paragliding clubs, waterfalls and jogging tracks."

Work is due to begin in late February or early March, he said, and will take eight years to complete. Funds worth three billion rupees (AUD $28 million) have been allocated, he said.

Abbottabad, a quiet, leafy town nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas around 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Islamabad, has long been a popular spot for well-heeled families from the capital to spend weekends away.

The town also houses Pakistan's elite military academy and the discovery of the world's most wanted man on its doorstep prompted allegations of incompetence or complicity between the armed forces and the 9/11 mastermind.

But Mr Shah insisted the new development was simply about promoting tourism, not polishing the town's tarnished image.

"This project has nothing to do with Osama bin Laden," he told AFP.

"We are working to promote tourism and amusement facilities in the whole province and this project is one of those facilities."

The authorities demolished the compound where bin Laden hid with his wives and children last February, fearing it could become a shrine to al-Qaida followers.

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  1. Mr. T01:23pm Tuesday 05th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I think this is very good and positive story with negative headline. Osama bin laden was trained by CIA durring cold war with russia. We didn't even see picture of him dead and don't know if he was killed years before or this time US is telling truth. To answer Sharat,who no doubt is Indian, India and Pakistan were under British rule and both became independent in 1947. Sharat like upper class Hindus do hate Untouchables 50% of indian population, Muslims(this is where hate for Pakistan comes from) and Christiens. Muslims and Christiens are called 'OBC' in India(government term) which means "Other Backwards Classes". This means Untouchables and Muslims and christiens are backward classes. This creates huge racism and discrimination in all fields of life for these groups from seeking job to uni education, schooling etc. Further these so called backward groups cannot buy house in same locality as upper class Brahmins. Sharat you should voice getting more than 50% of Indian population out of slavery in 21st century and not make ignorant remarks. Good on you Pakistanis for making positive changes in face of chalanges!

  2. Ammar01:16pm Tuesday 05th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    #$%$stan is a beautiful country with beautifull womens,#$%$stani men respect a women all over the world go and meet some #$%$

  3. sonia01:01pm Tuesday 05th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Sharat have you heard of the coalition and the three stooges,Bush USA, blair UK and Howard Australia. They all lied and deceived their respective nations and the world about invading Iraq and why the slaughter of tens' of thousands of iraqi women and children had to happen . So perhaps the Pakistani's aren't so bad?????

  4. sonia12:55pm Tuesday 05th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Umm Mark!!!! I am a caucasian aged female and I still get you are woman and I am the superior male from caucasian males here in Australia so we haven't progressed much further have we

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  5. Mark12:23pm Tuesday 05th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    A dirty putrid backwards country who treat with women with contempt. Pakistan should be blacklisted for its constant abuse against children and women not supported. What a joke.........

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  6. Sharat12:21pm Tuesday 05th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Pakistan which is a creation of Britishers while liberating HINDUSTAN is a country which is known to tell lies to entire world. Its all leaders right from day 1 of its creation, have harbored feeling of hatred towards India. Its nefarious designs are today well known to world and the country is on forefront of terrorism in entire world, because creating instability on borders or in world brings money to them from USA. USA support Pakistan because they do not want shift of power to CHINA. This is the face of Pakistan whether they paint in any color, it will always remain black.

  7. Kane12:19pm Tuesday 05th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    would love to go but cant stand Pakistan people.

  8. MM12:17pm Tuesday 05th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    i love how they are trying hard for a second change despite their reputation...good on them!

  9. franco12:12pm Tuesday 05th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Risky business for anyone who is willing to dance with the devil. U can be taken hostage, never mind you, better still your wife and kids. Building is their idea. Visiting is yours.

  10. Raihan12:05pm Tuesday 05th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    David Hicks will visit.

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