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Bhutto death: Pak rejects PPP demand for UN probe
Rezaul H Laskar in Islamabad | January 12, 2008 17:14 IST
The Pakistan government on Saturday rejected a demand from slain former premier Benazir Bhutto's [Images] party for a United Nations-led inquiry into her assassination, saying there was 'no point' in seeking such a probe by the world body.
President Pervez Musharraf's [Images] spokesman Maj Gen Rashid Qureshi said there was 'no point' in demanding a UN probe into the death of Bhutto as the matter 'did not fit the standards for such an investigation'.
"Such a probe is more appropriate in cases where two or more countries are involved," he said.
The Pakistan Peoples Party had on Thursday given the government 48 hours to forward to the UN its draft petition seeking a probe into Bhutto's assassination on the lines of the world body's inquiry into the killing of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
The party has said it will send the petition to the UN on its own if the government did not forward it. The PPP has also formed three delegations to lobby the European Union, the United States administration and the UN for an international probe into Bhutto's killing in a suicide attack in Rawalpindi on December 27.
But spokesman Qureshi said the PPP's demand for a Rafik Hariri-style investigation did not fit in with the circumstances of Bhutto's killing.