Related News

Home » World

UN chief decides to set up commission to probe Bhutto killing

UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has decided to establish a three-member panel to investigate the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, a UN spokesperson announced yesterday.

"A letter from the secretary-general has been sent to the Security Council president informing him of his intention to establish a three-member commission of inquiry looking into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto," Marie Okabe told reporters at UN Headquarters.

Earlier, the UN chief, still in Pakistan on his first visit to the South Asian nation, told Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani that he intends to establish "very shortly an independent commission of inquiry."

Bhutto was assassinated in gunshot and suicide bombing attacks on Dec. 27, 2007 after addressing an election rally in a park in the garrison city of Rawalpindi near the capital Islamabad.

The Pakistani government has repeatedly called on the United Nations to establish a commission to investigate the killing.

Okabe said that the secretary-general made the decision to launch the probe "on the basis of extensive consultations with the Pakistani government and members of the Security Council."


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend