Pakistan to ask for UN probe into Bhutto assassination

May 22nd, 2008 - 7:21 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Benazir Bhutto
Islamabad, May 22 (Xinhua) Pakistan Thursday said it would soon formally request the UN to conduct an investigation into the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. “We have got the letter ready after discussions between the foreign ministry and the law ministry,” said Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi at a press conference.

Law Minister Farooq Naek, who co-chaired the press conference, said the letter will be sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon soon.

Bhutto, who headed the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was killed in a gun and bomb attack last December while attending a political rally.

President Pervez Musharraf asked for a Scotland Yard team to join in the investigation after Bhutto was killed.

But Naek said the Scotland Yard team was given a “limited mandate ” during the probe.

“They were given the mandate to investigate whether it’s a murder, but not to investigate who are the persons behind the hideous crime.” Naek said.

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