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'UN not to investigate Benazir's assassination'

world Updated: Oct 08, 2008 13:01 IST

The United Nations has turned down Pakistan's request to investigate the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, but may appoint a fact-finding commission, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said.

Ban said the details were still being discussed with the Pakistan government and indicated that several issues remained to be resolved.

"We are looking at finding .... Situations of assassination of Mrs Bhutto. But we are still discussing this matter with the Pakistani government," Ban said.

Among the issues yet to sorted out, he said, are the composition of the commission, its scope, time frame and funding.

"But this is not going to be an investigation," he emphasised at a press conference on Tuesday.

This is first time that the UN has made it clear that it is not going to hold an independent inquiry into the assassination of Bhutto on December 27 in Rawalpindi during an election rally.

The Pakistan government as well as Benazir's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) had requested the world body for an independent inquiry into the assassination so that truth behind Bhutto's assassination could be established.

Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan President and widower of Benazir, had personally met Ban last month in New York and requested the UN to probe the assassination of the late Prime Minister.