US senators and Human Rights Watch demands for UN probe into Benazirs killing

January 26th, 2008 - 5:04 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Benazir Bhutto

Islamabad, Jan 26 (ANI): The US senators and Human Rights Watch have demanded a United Nations probe into assassination of Benazir Bhutto which has been welcomed by the Pakistan Peoples Party.
Eight US senators addressed a letter to President George W Bush on Thursday, “calling on the government of Pakistan to permit an immediate, thorough, and credible investigation, to be conducted under the aegis of the UN into the murder of Benazir Bhutto”.
They also asked the US President to ask President Pervez Musharraf to form a new Election Commission for Pakistan, with a consent from all major political parties”.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch has also demanded a UN probe into the matter saying an independent inquiry is must to uncover Benazirs killer as Pakistan Governments record had been bleak in the matter which would lead to further political tension and instability in the country.
“The regime must listen to the strident calls by both national and international figures, otherwise the people would not be satisfied, fingers would continue to be pointed and rejection would be seen as aimed at a cover up,” the Daily Times quoted Farhatullah Babar, PPP spokesperson, as saying.
Babar said the party is not going to give up its demand for a UN probe and it would take it further on all possible forums.
“If the present regime does not give up its unreasonable and stubborn attitude then a future PPP government would formally take it up with the UN to probe the assassination along the lines of the inquiry into the murder of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri,” he added.
He further said that the party do not have any trust in the investigations ordered by the Pakistan Government. The Scotland Yard team was also forbidden to investigate the perpetrators, financiers, executioners or organisers of the conspiracy in the killing. It was just ask to probe the causes of death.
“The cause of justice would not be served by laying the blame only on nameless and headless bodies of terrorists. It can be served only if the secret hands and invisible structures giving succour and support to the nameless terrorists are exposed,” Babar added.
The US senators and Human Rights Watch demand for a United Nations probe in the assassination of PPP leader Benazir Bhutto is seen as a vindication of the partys position. (ANI)

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