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U.N. report sparks Pakistan to revisit Bhutto's assassination

ISLAMABAD — A more intensive Pakistani government investigation into the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhuttto will follow a new U.N. report that harshly criticizes military ruler Pervez Musharraf's regime for failing to prevent or effectively examine Bhutto's death, authorities said Friday.

Farhatullah Babar, spokesman for President Asif Ali Zardari, Bhutto's widower, said the government will renew its efforts to determine "negligence or complicity in the conspiracy" to kill Bhutto. She died Dec. 27, 2007, when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside her car as she was leaving a campaign rally in Rawalpindi.

The U.N. report, released Thursday in New York, took special aim at the country's powerful intelligence community, which a special U.N. investigative panel said impeded efforts to determine who ordered and masterminded Bhutto's slaying. She had returned to Pakistan several weeks earlier after spending eight years in self-imposed exile.

The failure by police to properly investigate Bhutto's murder, the U.N. report stated, "was deliberate." Police officials and investigators did not vigorously pursue the case because they feared Pakistani intelligence agencies were somehow involved in her murder, according to the report.

U.N. report sparks Pakistan to revisit Bhutto's assassination 04/16/10 [Last modified: Saturday, April 17, 2010 12:00am]
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