Pakistan Friday welcomed a report by a UN-appointed panel which said the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto could have been averted. Farhatullah Babar, a spokesman for President Zardari, said in a statement “the Pakistan Peoples Party welcomes this endorsement as the main thrust of the UN report”. The independent panel Thursday said the 2007 murder of Bhutto was avoidable and the authorities deliberately failed to properly investigate her death. “The report takes note of not immediately cordoning off the crime scene, washing the crime scene within one hour and forty minutes of the blast and the collection of only 23 pieces of evidence, in a case where one would normally have expected thousands, endorsing the suspicion voiced by the party at the time”, Babar said. “Persons named in the report for negligence or complicity in the conspiracy will be investigated and cases also brought against them in the light of the legal opinion,” he added. Earlier today, state television quoted Babar as saying that government was investigating her assassination. “The government is not oblivious to its duties and it is investigating the murder of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto,” Babar was quoted as saying. Farahnaz Ispahani, another Zardari aide, said that “the report will pave the way for a proper police investigation and possible penal proceedings.”—Agencies
By: Dawn News