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UN inquiry into Bhutto's killing to begin nxt month: report

Investigations into the assassination of former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto is all set to begin with the appointment of a retired Irish cop as third member to the UN inquiry commission.

world Updated: Jun 10, 2009 20:13 IST

Investigations into the assassination of former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto is all set to begin with the appointment of a retired Irish cop as third member to the UN inquiry commission.

Peter Fitzgerald, a former deputy police commissioner of the Irish National Police Force, Garda Siochana, has been appointed as the third member to the UN Independent Inquiry Commission set up to investigate Bhutto's assassination in 2007, Dawn newspaper reported qouting sources.

Fitzgerald was earlier a member of the UN investigation team on the killing of former Lebanese premier Rafik Harriri.
Last February, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced formation of a three-member commission, headed by Chile's UN Ambassador Heraldo Munoz, and Indonesia's former attorney general Marzuki Dar Usman.

However, there was no unanimity about the third member to the commission among the UN and Pakistan government and it took more than three months before the third person was chosen and agreed upon by both of them.

Pakistan had formally requested the world body last July to appoint an inquiry commission after its own investigations and one by Scotland Yard failed to make any headway.

In April, a UN team led by Mark Quaterman had visited Pakistan to finalise logistical requirements for the commission.

The commission is expected to begin its work some time next month, newspaper said.