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A letter from the Pakistan government, containing some comments and observations on the report of the UN commission on Benazir Bhutto’s assassination was submitted to the office of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday evening. The letter, whose details were not given out, was delivered by the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations in New York. The UN chief has been requested to issue the contents of the diplomatic communication from Pakistan as an official document of the United Nations. The three-member commission unveiled it report on April 15, stating the security arrangements by PakistanÃ*s federal and local authorities to protect Bhutto were ìfatally insufficient and ineffectiveî and subsequent investigations into her death were prejudiced and involved a whitewash. The UN Commission of Inquiry, appointed last year by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the request of the Pakistan, reached no conclusion as to the organisers and sponsors behind the attack in which a 15-year old suicide bomber blew up BhuttoÃ*s vehicle in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007. But it found that the government was quick to blame local Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud and al-Qaeda although BhuttoÃ*s foes potentially included elements from the establishment itself. The report also found that mistakes were made deliberately, during investigation, by the Musharraf government to malign President Asif Ali Zardari in this crime. ìA range of government officials failed profoundly in their efforts first to protect Bhutto and second to investigate with vigour all those responsible for her murder, not only in the execution of the attack, but also in its conception, planning and financing,î the Commission said. ìResponsibility for BhuttoÃ*s security on the day of her assassination rested with the federal government, the government of Punjab and the Rawalpindi district police. None of these entities took necessary measures to respond to the extraordinary, fresh and urgent security risks that they knew she faced,î according to the commission. Azim M Mian adds: Spokesman for the UN secretary-general has made a one-line comment about the letter of Pakistani foreign minister which is addressed to Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon. The 25-page letter has raised some objections on the contents of the UN investigative report on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Confirming that “letter has been received and is under study” was the comment by Spokesman Martin Narisky at the daily UN briefing, when he was asked to comment. He did not elaborate. UN diplomats are surprised over the letter and its contents because it was the same PPP-led government that persuaded the UN SG to appoint an investigation commission to report on Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. The motives and the contents of the letter by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi are not known. However, some at the UN are of the view that the government, due to its political, personal and public compulsions, had decided to persuade the UN for investigation instead of investigation by the Pakistani investigation agencies. Now, with the passage of about 30 months, priorities of the government have changed and now they do not want to implement this report.
By: The News


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