UN chief backs Pakistan’s efforts to solve Bhutto murder mystery

December 27th, 2008 - 4:50 am ICT by IANS  

Benazir BhuttoUnited Nations, Dec 27 (Xinhua) On the eve of the first anniversary of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Friday said he supported Pakistan’s efforts in finding the truth behind Bhutto’s murder.In a statement issued Friday, the UN chief’s spokesperson said: “On this painful anniversary, the secretary-general stands in solidarity with the government and the people of Pakistan and assures them of his commitment to contribute to their search for truth and justice.”

Bhutto, 54, was assassinated in a mysterious gun and bomb attack at an election rally in Rawalpindi on Dec 27, 2007. Though her own party, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), headed by her widower President Asif Ali Zardari is now in power, the government has not started any investigations into her murder.

The UN chief also promised to set up soon an independent inquiry commission to resolve the mystery behind the first Muslim woman prime minister’s death.

“The UN Secretariat has been in consultations with the government of Pakistan to determine the nature of the commission, the scope of its mandate and the modalities for its establishment,” the statement said.

“The Secretariat has also been in consultations on this matter with members of the UN Security Council,” the statement said.

“The secretary-general is hopeful that, with the progression of the discussions, the commission could be established in the near future,” the statement added.

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