Islamabad : The Pakistan government Monday rejected former premier Benazir Bhutto’s demand to seek international help to probe the suicide attack on her motorcade and said it plans to impose a ban on rallies before the general election, sparking an angry reaction from opposition parties.
Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao dismissed Bhutto’s call to involve foreign agencies in the probe into the two blasts in Karachi that killed nearly 140 people on Thursday night, saying Pakistani authorities have “excellent and experienced investigators” who can handle the investigation.
The Pakistani investigators are fully capable of conducting the probe and the overnment “completely rejected” the demand by Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party to bring in foreign experts, he told reporters here.
Bhutto had said Sunday in Karachi that her party wanted the government to seek international assistance in the probe.
Sherpao also said the government plans to ban election rallies on security grounds. The administration has prepared a “comprehensive code of conduct” to regulate activities during the campaign for the general election due in mid-January, he said.
Political parties and their leaders will soon be taken into confidence on this code of conduct, one of the key features of which is a ban on political rallies and processions, Sherpao said.