Pakistani Enumerators Missed Bin Laden’s Towering Mansion in Census?

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Pakistani military refused to participate in census, leaving enumerators to their own devices.

Pakistani government enumerators completed the first phase of the country’s census on April 19, during which every household in the country, including informal settlements and shacks, was marked with green paint on the wall pending a more detailed headcount. Osama Bin Laden’s towering compound, for all its prominence, was not marked.

This, after the Pakistani military had refused to participate in the census amid fears that enumerators would encounter resistance in the tribal areas.

According to Central Asia Online, the first phase of Pakistan’s 2011 census, which had been delayed for three years, ended on April 19, 2011. The last census in Pakistan had been held in 1998.

“In the first phase of the census, scheduled to end April 19, pollsters are marking and listing every housing unit throughout the country – whether it’s a katchi abadi slum area, or a posh high-rise apartment building,” reports Central Asia Online.

It is odd then, that Osama Bin Laden’s Abbottabad hideout was left out in the household count, despite being a conspicuous structure in the neighbourhood. It is understandable that Pakistani security officials may have failed to detect that Bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad, but his house’s ommission  in what may have just been a routine procedure in the census raised a scarlet flag. There are not enough letters to spell COMPLICITY, just yet.