UAE provides info to UN commission probing Bhutto`s murder: Pak
Last Updated: Thursday, April 08, 2010, 00:22
Islamabad: The UAE has provided information to the UN commission probing the assassination of Pakistan's former premier Benazir Bhutto while inputs from Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia are yet to be received, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Thursday.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon delayed until April 15 the release of the report by the three-member commission following a request from President Asif Ali Zardari to include inputs from three countries that had warned Bhutto before her death in 2007.

"We wanted information from the three countries to be included in the report. We have received information from the UAE and we are yet to get it from Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia," Malik told reporters outside parliament.

The matter was raised with Afghan President Hamid Karzai when he recently visited Pakistan, Malik said.

"We asked him to share all the information that he had shared with the then government (in 2007) and he has pledged to cooperate," he added.

A statement from former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who too had warned Bhutto, is yet to be received, he said.

Though the UN has said the commission's report had been finalised and information from the three countries could not be included in it, Pakistani authorities had conveyed their desire that the inputs should be part of the report, Malik said.

"The people of Pakistan want a proper report substantiated by facts. This information of paramount importance should be included in the report," he said.

Malik said he had asked the Foreign Office to take up the matter "at all levels" and Pakistan's representative to the UN had also been asked to take it up.

"The people want Benazir Bhutto's killers to be brought to justice and we will not disappoint them," he said.

The UN commission was earlier scheduled to submit its report on March 31 and the world body had even closed all its offices in Pakistan as a security precaution amid fears of a violent reaction to the report's release.

The UN panel began its investigation in July last year and its report was postponed last year too.


First Published: Thursday, April 08, 2010, 00:22

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