Mehsud rules out cooperation with UN’s Bhutto murder probe

May 25th, 2008 - 1:11 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Benazir Bhutto

Islamabad, May 25 (IANS) Baitullah Mehsud, a Pakistani Taliban commander suspected of having a hand in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, has ruled out cooperating with a UN probe into the killing, saying the world body was “subservient to the US”. “The United Nations is not a neutral body. It is subservient to the United States. I don’t expect it to conduct an impartial enquiry,” Mehsud said Saturday at a press conference in Kotkhai town, in the restive South Waziristan province bordering Afghanistan.

“We will not work with it,” Dawn Sunday quoted him as saying.

Mehsud has denied any role in the Dec 27, 2007, killing of Bhutto, saying the Taliban did not target women.

“Her father and two brothers had also been killed. Do we know who killed them? Politicians have their own rivalries. They know who their enemies are,” he said.

A court in Rawalpindi has implicated Mehsud in Benazir’s murder and declared him a proclaimed offender in the case.

He also termed as “technical gimmickry” tapes purportedly linking him to Bhutto’s murder.

“Science has developed so much that I am sure they (intelligence agencies) can produce the same tape with (President Pervez) Musharraf’s voice,” Mehsud maintained.

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