Benazir Bhutto murder case takes new turn as officials hunt for retired and serving army men

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Investigators are searching for four military personnel who had disappeared just before the assassination of the former prime minister.

New twist in Benazir’s assassination probe

ISLAMABAD: Investigations into murder of Benazir Bhutto take a new turn as Pakistani officials said they are searching for four military personnel who had disappeared just before the assassination of the former prime minister.

Interior ministry officials told DawnNews that the missing soldiers were retired army personnel who were among the eight army soldiers related to the main accused and a proclaimed offender in the case, Ibad Ur Rehman.

The interior ministry officials disclosed that investigators are facing difficulties in determining the exact status of these soldiers and so far no record had been provided. The four other soldiers are still serving the army. These four army personnel had never been mentioned in the legal proceedings before an anti-terrorist court in Rawalpindi.

This is the first time that the investigators are probing into the possibility of army soldiers’ involvement into the assassination of the former prime minister.

A UN commission constituted to probe into the assassination of Ms. Bhutto is expected to submit its report by the end of this month.

When DawnNews tried to ascertain the view of military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas on this revelation, he could not be reached on his telephone despite repeated attempts.

Source: Dawn

The UN commission’s findings would be submitted to the US Secretary General Ban ki Moon, and would also be shared with the Pakistan government, a UN spokesperson said.

The inquiry commission was to submit its report by 31st December 2009, but it had sought an extension in its term, as its work was severely affected by the poor law and order situation in Pakistan.

The commission headed by Chilean Ambassador to UN Heraldo Munoz met several high profile persons in Pakistan, including the Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt.Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha. The commission had also grilled former President General Pervez Musharraf, who is currently in London.

Pakistan had called for a UN commission to probe the assassination of the two-time Prime Minister who was killed at a campaign rally at Rawalpindi on December 27 2007, after her supporters were angered by conflicting accounts from the then-government of how she died.

The international commission is primarily a fact-finding team in nature and its mandate is only to determine the facts and circumstances of the assassination. The duty of determining criminal responsibility of the perpetrators of the assassination remains with the Pakistani authorities. (ANI)


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