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Bhutto killing: Scotland Yard may be recalled

February 08, 2008 21:50 IST

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Pakistan on Friday indicated that it may seek further assistance from Britain's Scotland Yard in probing former premier Benazir Bhutto's [Images] murder if the need arose.

Detectives from Scotland Yard could be recalled to provide further help in investigating Bhutto's assassination if the need arises, caretaker Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz Khan said on Friday.

Pakistani authorities are in constant contact with Scotland Yard and "keen to seek their help in future also", Khan told state-run PTV.

He said this hours after the British detectives submitted a report that said Bhutto had died due to a severe injury sustained during a suicide bomb attack on her armoured vehicle.

Khan indicated that Scotland Yard's further involvement in the probe was also dependent on permission from the British government.

Commenting on the findings of the British experts, Khan said, "There is no contradiction" in the findings of the Scotland Yard and Pakistani investigators.

Some suspects have already been taken in custody in connection with Bhutto's assassination in Rawalpindi on December 27 though "further details cannot be shared at this stage", Khan said.

The Scotland Yard team that probed Bhutto's assassination concluded that the man who fired several shots at her was also the suicide bomber.

The findings were rejected by Bhutto's close aide Sherry Rehman, who reiterated the Pakistan People's Party's demand for a UN-led inquiry to expose the "hidden hands" behind the assassination.

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