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Benazir assassination: Musharraf calls UN findings "bunch of lies"

world Updated: Apr 19, 2010 15:23 IST

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Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who was seen shaking a leg at a New York restaurant, has reportedly described a UN panel's findings holding him responsible for former premier Benazir Bhutto's assassination as a "bunch of lies".

Musharraf, who was President when Bhutto was assassinated in December 2007, was spotted dancing at the 'mehndi' ceremony of his wife Sehba's friend's niece at a restaurant at Jericho Turnpike in Long Island just a day after the UN commission submitted its report on April 15.

He told his friends at the ceremony that the UN panel's report was "simply a bunch of lies", The News daily reported today.

At about 11 pm, Musharraf was invited to the dance floor and he was seen shaking a leg to the beat of a Pakistani 'dhol' (drum).

"I now believe (the) stories about Musharraf, that he would dance with a full glass on his head with such perfection that not a single drop would fall out of the glass," said one guest who witnessed Musharraf's dance.

Boota Shaikh, who played the dhol, said Musharraf had danced during the mehndi ceremony at his request. Shaikh praised Musharraf for making the event memorable.

"Musharraf sahab and Begum sahiba were so happy that they even gave me money and I am thankful to them," he said.

An unnamed friend of Musharraf said the former President was "not scared" following the release of the UN commission's report.

The friend said it was "absurd" to think that Musharraf was behind the killing of Benazir Bhutto.

The ruling Pakistan People's Party's top leadership has decided to take "appropriate legal actions" against all persons, including Musharraf, named in the UN commission's report as being responsible for the assassination of Bhutto.

Musharraf has not yet publicly commented on the UN report.