UN and Pakistan agree Bhutto probe

UN says "understanding" reached on investigation into killing of Benazir Bhutto.

    Bhutto's killing in December continues to cast a shadow over Pakistan [AFP]

    It also said there had been agreement on elements to safeguard "the objectivity, impartiality and independence" of the commission.

    Qureshi said he had found general support among members of the UN security council to set up a commission as quickly as possible.

    "The broad understanding is going to be that it should be done in the shortest possible time, so that we do not want it sort of a lingering thing, going on for years,'' he said.

    Qureshi told reporters Pakistan was ready to provide as much help as possible.

    "We have said that we will give unhindered access to sources of relevant information," he said.

    Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack on December 27 following an election rally in Rawalpindi, a city near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

    Her former party, the Pakistan People's Party, now heads the country's governing coalition.

    Last month Pakistan's new government officially asked the UN to set up a panel "for the purpose of identifying the culprits, perpetrators, organisers and financiers" behind the Bhutto assassination.

    The government has accused tribal warlord Baitullah Mehsud of plotting the attack, although he denies the charge.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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