Photo by Atta Ullah Nasim

ABBOTABAD, 24 July: The piece of land where once the world’s most wanted man Osama bin Ladin lived, has become a bone of contention between the civilian district administration and the cantonment authorities as both of them claimed the ownership of the land.

After bin Laden’s death in a US attack in 2011, the provincial government published an advertisement inviting the claimant of the plot spread over about 90 marlas in Bilal town area of Abbotabad.

However, nobody claimed to be the owner of the plot after which the provincial government took over its ownership.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government razed the building which housed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and announced to establish a sports ground over there.

To dispute the claim of the civilian district administration and provincial government and took possession of the land, the cantonment board authorities raised boundary wall around the plot.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhuto, vice president of the Abbotabad Cantonment Board told a foreign news agency AFP that it had been decided to use the land as a graveyard.

Following the construction of the boundary wall around the plot, the district administration had also fixed signboards in the plot telling all and sundry that the land is the property of the provincial government and anyone who intruded in it, would be proceeded against.