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Pak wants judicial commission to probe Bhatti's killing

world Updated: Jun 28, 2011 12:43 IST
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Pakistan's minority affairs minister has expressed his dissatisfaction at the probe into the assassination of federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti, even as police told a parliamentary panel that they had not found any clues about the assassins.

Expressing dissatisfaction at the investigation, interfaith harmony minister Akram Masih Gill said the ministry will ask Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to set up a judicial commission to probe the assassination.

Gill told reporters at Parliament House on Monday that his ministry intended to write a letter to the Prime Minister for the formation of a judicial commission to carry out a "proper and speedy investigation". The minister was speaking after a meeting of parliament's standing committee on minority affairs, which too expressed concern over progress in investigations being carried out by a joint investigation team comprising police, Inter-Services Intelligence and the Intelligence Bureau.

Though the standing committee did not declare "distrust in the investigation" being conducted by the joint investigation team, there was broader consensus among its members about the working of the team, The News daily quoted its sources as saying.

Gill openly showed his concern over the investigation and said a judicial commission would be the most appropriate forum to undertake the probe.

Islamabad Police officials told the standing committee that despite the passage of over three months since Bhatti's assassination, no clues had been found about the killers. The police officials briefed the committee, presided over by parliamentarian Mahesh Kumar Malani, about the investigation.