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UN to release Benazir’s assassination report: Pakistan
Karachi, Apr 15 (Agencies)
Published on 16 Apr. 2010 1:01 AM IST
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The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said Thursday the Commission of Inquiry, formed to determine the facts in the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, will release its report later in the day.
The report was earlier scheduled to be released on March 31 but the announcement was postponed until April 15 on the request by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Benazir’s widower.
The independent inquiry commission had begun its work in July 2009 after Pakistan formally requested the body for probe.
“Pakistan’s Mission in New York will get the UN probe report into the assassination of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto today,” Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said at his weekly briefing. The Commission will present the report to the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, according to UN sources.
The three-member Commission was headed by Chilean Ambassador Heraldo Mupoz and also comprised Marzuki Darusman, the former attorney general of Indonesia, and Peter Fitzgerald, a veteran of the Irish National Police who has also served the UN in a number of capacities.
During their visits to Pakistan, members of the commission met with Pakistani President Zardari, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, army and intelligence chiefs, other senior Government officials and civil society members.
“The Mission will make suitable arrangements to convey it to Pakistan as quickly as possible,” Basit said. Sources said that Pakistan had made a request to the panel, urging it to include input from former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Saudi Arabia, who are believed to have conveyed to Pakistan that Benazir would be assassinated.
However, the panel had not made any changes in its report.

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