Bhutto killing probe on agenda during Ban’s Pakistan visit

February 2nd, 2009 - 2:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Benazir BhuttoIslamabad, Feb 2 (IANS) Pakistan’s request for a UN probe into the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto will be among the issues to be discussed when the world body’s chief Ban Ki-moon arrives here Wednesday, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said.”Very soon we are evolving a strategy for that,” Gilani replied when asked about the status of Pakistan’s request.

According to Gilani, his government wanted a probe by the UN because it did not want the investigations to be “prejudiced and politicised”, The News reported Monday.

Pakistan sought a UN probe after its own investigations, as also those by Britain’s Scotland Yard, into the Dec 27, 2007 gun and bomb attack that claimed Bhutto’s life at a political rally in the adjacent garrison town of Rawalpindi made no headway.

Last December, a spokesperson for Ban said the UN leader hoped a commission could be established soon but further consultation with Pakistan “was needed to examine the commission’s structure, including its scope and mandate”.

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