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Musharraf may sue UN panel that looked into Bhutto murder: Aide

world Updated: Apr 18, 2010 15:13 IST

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Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf may sue members of the UN commission that probed the assassination of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto for holding him responsible for her killing, one of his aides has said.

"In the report, Musharraf has not been accused personally but it has been mentioned that his government failed to protect Benazir Bhutto," Chaudhry Fawad, a lawyer for Musharraf, told 'The News' daily.

During a news conference, a member of the UN commission mentioned Musharraf's name while responding to a question.

Fawad said Musharraf's legal team will seek an explanation from the UN commission whether its member intentionally named the former President or uttered his name unintentionally.

"If the UN commission member unintentionally mentioned the name of the former President, no action would be taken but if he did so intentionally the former President would move the International Court of Justice against the UN commission," Fawad said.

Musharraf -- who has been living abroad since April last year -- had received the UN panel's report and studied it, he said, adding the former President was consulting his lawyers in Pakistan and abroad in this regard.

The UN commission's report has indicted the previous regime led by Musharraf for failing to provide effective security to Bhutto despite numerous reports of threats to her life.

The report also found numerous faults with the investigation into Bhutto's assassination in a gun-and-suicide attack on December 27, 2007.

Musharraf's aides have passed the buck to the current authorities regarding the findings of the UN commission, saying its report is a serious indictment of the government while there are just "passing remarks" about Musharraf.

The former military ruler's spokesman Mohammad Ali Saif said the media is only highlighting mentions of Musharraf in the report for unknown reasons while the "main charges" have been levelled against the government.