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UN officials inspect Benazir Bhutto’s assassination spot

Rawalpindi, July 14 (ANI): Two officials of the United Nations technical assessment team paid a surprise visit to the spot in Liaquat Bagh where former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun and bomb attack on December 27, 2007.

A senior police official on Monday said that the UN officials visited Liaquat Bagh to assess the security arrangements in the area and its surroundings, in order to ensure foolproof arrangements for members of the UN Commission due to arrive in Pakistan to probe Benazir’s murder.

More than 15 anti-terrorist squad vans, Capital City Police and other security agencies were guarding the officials, the Daily Times quoted the police, as saying.

The United Nations (UN) has started its probe into the assassination of the former Prime Minister from July 1.

The UN spokeswoman Michele Montas had said, earlier, that a UN commission would start its six-month investigation in the month of July.

Montas said that the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, Bhutto’s husband, that the UN is committed to help Islamabad to bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible.

“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon informed Bhutto’s husband that the United Nations is committed to assisting Pakistan by determining the facts and circumstances of her death,” Montas said.

Chile’s UN Ambassador, Heraldo Munoz, would head the three-member UN commission.

The other two members of the commission are the former Indonesian attorney general Marzuki Darusman, and Ireland’s former deputy police commissioner Peter Fitzgerald.

Montas said that the commission would only enquire into the facts and circumstances of Bhutto’s death, and that the Pakistan government would only take further action against the perpetrators. (ANI)

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