04/02/2013 12:21 GMT

Bin Laden Town Of Abbottabad, Pakistan, Plans To Build Theme Park

Officials in Pakistan have announced plans to build a massive theme park in Abbottabad, a town made famous as the residence of the late Osama bin Laden.

The 50-acre site will see £19m of investment to create a zoo and adventure sports facilities in the foothills of the Himalayas, reports Sky News.

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."

Bin Laden evaded capture for more than a decade as the world's most wanted man

Officials were keen to stress the park was not an initiative to improve the image of the area where the terror chief lived for more than five years, and where he eventually met his death at the hands of US special forces.

Shah said: “This project has nothing to do with Osama bin Laden.

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

Questions were raised after Bin Laden's death as to how the world's most wanted fugitive could hide in a house next to a Pakistani military facility.

Rumours of links between Bin Laden and Pakistan's shadowy intelligence services, the ISI, persist to this day.

The compound in which he hid before his demise was demolished in February 2012.

The site will eventually cover 500 acres and should take eight years to complete.