Pakistan said Wednesday it had asked the United Nations to delay a report into the killing of Benazir Bhutto so that input from Afghanistan, the United States and Saudi Arabia could be included.

Bowing to Islamabad's request, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on March 30 delayed until mid-April the release of the sensitive report by the three-member panel into the assassination of Pakistan's former prime minister.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters Wednesday that the Pakistani people “want a proper report substantiated by facts.”

“I have requested that the commission should seek input from former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Saudi Arabia, and include it in its report,” Malik added.

He did not elaborate further on what information he wanted to be included.
The delay, seemingly at the last minute, was announced hours after all UN offices in Pakistan were ordered temporarily closed as a security precaution amid fears of a violent reaction to the report's release.

The UN-appointed panel, which began its investigations last July, had been due to submit its findings to Ban on March 31 and the delay follows an earlier postponement late last year.

“The UN has informed me that they expect the information would be available to them and the good thing is that president Karzai's office has confirmed that information will be provided,” he added.—AFP