Pakistan to probe 6 officials in Bhutto assassination case
Pakistani authorities will probe six senior police officials who have been removed from active service after being named in the report of a UN panel that investigated the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto.
The Federal Investigation Agency will conduct the probe against Additional Inspector General of Police (CID) Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, Additional Inspector General of Police Saud Aziz, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) (operations) Yasin Farooq, SS(headquarters) Ishfaq Anwar, SSP (investigation) Khurram Shahzad and Haider Warriach, officials said.
These officials were removed from active service and demoted to the rank of officers on special duty after the UN panel submitted its report on the facts and circumstances of Bhutto’s assassination in December 2007.
Meanwhile, an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi on Wednesday accepted a plea by the FIA seeking 14 days to conduct a fresh probe against three persons in the light of the UN commission’s report.
The FIA’s counsel said the agency needed more time to investigate Syed Gul, Gul Roze and Mohammad Sharif, who were exonerated in connection with a suicide attack in Kamra, to determine their alleged involvement in Bhutto’s assassination.
The UN commission’s report has indicted the regime of former President Pervez Musharraf for providing inadequate security to Bhutto.
According to the report, security arrangements at the venue, where Bhutto addressed a rally minutes before her death, were also inadequate.