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UAE provides info to UN commission probing Bhutto`s murder: Pak

Last Updated: Thursday, April 8, 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 8, 2010 - 00:22

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