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PPP demands UN probe into Bhutto killing

Benazir Bhutto's party said it will send teams abroad to seek int'l aid in pressuring the Pak govt to accept its demand for a UN-led inquiry into her killing.

world Updated: Jan 09, 2008 17:05 IST
Rezaul H Laskar
Rezaul H Laskar

Slain former Premier Benazir Bhutto's party on Wednesday said it would send delegations abroad to seek international assistance in pressuring the Pakistan government to accept its demand for a UN-led inquiry into her killing.

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has also finalised the draft of its petition to request the United Nations to investigate Bhutto's assassination after an election rally in Rawalpindi on December 27.

Bhutto's lawyer Farooq Naek said he had drafted the petition and handed it over to PPP co-chairman and slain opposition leader's husband Asif Ali Zardari for his approval. After Zardari approves the draft, it will be sent to the UN and the Pakistan government, Naek said.

Naek is part of the four-member committee that will interact with the world community and international leaders for pressuring the Pakistan government to make a formal request to the UN to constitute a commission to investigate Bhutto's assassination.

The Pakistan government, which has invited a team from Britain's Scotland Yard to assist in the probe into Bhutto's killing, has already ruled out a probe by the UN. The PPP has said a UN-led inquiry alone can expose the "financiers, organisers and perpetrators" involved in the assassination.

PPP spokesman Farhatullah Babar condemned the government's rejection of the demand for a UN-led probe and said the party "would not give up on it and continue to agitate at all available forums".