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Mandate of Bhutto Commission likely to be extended by 3 months

world Updated: Dec 15, 2009 11:30 IST

The United Nations is "positively considering" a three month extension to the commission probing into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said.

The mandate of the Commission expires by the end of this month.

Ban said he has received an official request from Ambassador Heraldo Munoz, who is the chairman of this inquiry Commission investigating into the death of Bhutto to extend it for another three months, because of limited time.

"They need more time to continue their investigation. I think this is reasonable. And I am positively considering extending it for another three months," Ban told reporters at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Bhutto was killed on December 27, 2007, in a gun-and-suicide-bomb attack as she was leaving an election rally in the garrison town of Rawalpindi.

"As for United Nations activities in Pakistan, because of these very serious security concerns after the killing of five WFP staff, we have been considering what would be the best way to continue our humanitarian support to the Pakistani people without much impact on the part of the UN," he said.

"I have discussed with (Pakistan) President (Asif Ali) Zardari, and we discussed among ourselves, and we are now taking some temporary measures of relocating some of our staff. But our basic commitment, our basic activities will continue, without much being affected," Ban said.