UN panel to table Bhutto`s murder probe report today

Last Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 11:16

United Nations: An independent UN panel is expected to release Thursday its sensitive report on the 2007 slaying of Pakistani ex-premier Benazir Bhutto after complying with Islamabad`s request for a two-week delay.

Pakistan said last week it had asked that the release, initially scheduled for March 30, be delayed so that input from Afghanistan, the United States and Saudi Arabia could be included.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said he had asked the UN-appointed, three-member panel to include input from former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Saudi Arabia in its report.

He did not elaborate further on what information he wanted to be included.

Bhutto, the first woman to become Prime Minister of a Muslim country, was killed on December 27, 2007 in a gun and suicide attack after addressing an election rally in Rawalpindi, a garrison city near the capital Islamabad.

On Wednesday, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told a press briefing that the panel headed by Chile`s ambassador to the UN Heraldo Munoz would formally present its report to UN chief Ban Ki-moon Thursday afternoon.
"The Secretary General then intends to transmit it to the government of Pakistan, and he will also share it, for information purposes, with the members of the Security Council," the spokesman added.

IANS



First Published: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 11:16

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