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Pakistan plans park where Bin Laden died

Peshawar - Pakistan plans to build a $30 million amusement park and outdoor activity centre on the edge of the northwestern town of Abbottabad, where US special forces killed Osama bin Laden, an official said on Monday.

The private venture in the foothills of the Himalayas will include a zoo, water sports, a mini-golf course, rock climbing and paragliding.

Children play cricket in the rain on the demolished site of the compound of Osama bin Laden, in Abbottabad. Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011, by a United States special operations military unit in a raid on his compound in Abbottabad. Credit: REUTERS

Syed Aqil Shah, the sports and tourism minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said the development is not intended to counter Abbottabad's negative reputation following 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, hoped the project will improve Abbottabad's image.

It will cost about $30-million and take five years to build. Construction will begin in a few weeks. - Sapa-AP, Reuters

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