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Pakistan plans park where bin Laden was killed

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani officials say the government is planning to build a recreation complex in the town where al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. commandos in 2011.

Syed Aqil Shah, the sports and tourism minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said Monday the project in Abbottabad will have a zoo, paragliding club and water sports facilities. It will also have a cultural heritage park.

Shah said the development is not intended to counter Abbottabad's negative reputation since bin Laden's discovery there.

He said it's part of a revival of recreational and cultural activities in the province.

But Javed Iqbal Abbasi, a lawmaker from the area, said he hopes the project will improve Abbottabad's image.

The project will cost about $50 million and take five years to build. Construction will begin in a few weeks, Shah said.

Pakistan plans park where bin Laden was killed 02/04/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 4, 2013 10:13pm]

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