Benazir’s widower formally writes to the UN Secretary General


Islamabad : Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of Benazir Bhutto has formally urged the United Nations to set up a UN International Commission to thoroughly investigate the assassination of Benazir Bhutto to “bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of this reprehensible act of terrorism to justice”.

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The letter signed by Zardari, also the Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was sent directly to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday as the government refused to forward it the UN despite plea by the Party to the Caretaker prime Minister to forward it UN, a PPP statement said.

The Party Co-Chairman’s letter makes a case for undertaking investigations by the UN Commission recalling the concern shown by the Security Council soon after the first bomb attack on welcoming rally on Mohtarma Bhutto’s rally in Karachi on October that killed 179 people and injured over 600 people.

The letter begins with recalling the Security Council resolution underlining the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of October 19 bomb attack to justice, and urging all States to cooperate actively with the Pakistani authorities in this regard.

Copies of the letter have also been sent to the five Permanent Representatives of the UN Security Council.

It then goes on and gives details of the events that led to the assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed and her own apprehensions about her security as expressed from time to time including in an e-mail communication of on 16th October 2007 to her publicist in New York Mr Mark Siegal and the abject failure and neglect of the regime to address her apprehension for her security.

The letter further details the inadequacy in her security arrangements after the attack on her cavalcade in Karachi on her return on 18 October.

The letter along with supporting documents and annexure also apprised the UN Secretary General about the shifting stand of the regime on the assassination, the hosing down of available evidence and other supporting evidence that makes it necessary to set up Independent International Investigative Commission under the auspices of Security Council.