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Benazir Bhutto demands US-UK assistance on terror probe

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct 27, IRNA
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto formally asked the government of Pakistan through a letter asking it to request assistance from the US and the Britain in carrying out investigations in the October 19 bombing of her rally.

In the letter sent to the Interior Secretary, the former prime minister said that the poorly equipped Pakistan Police investigation is not enough to bring to justice those involved in the bombing.

She said that sophisticated technology and scientific techniques available to Scotland Yard are helpful to bring the culprits to book." "It is important for the unity and integrity of Pakistan that the terrorists be apprehended and brought to justice."

She reminded that the UN Security Council on October 22 in a unanimous resolution has spoken of the need to "bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of this reprehensible act of terrorism to justice" and urged all states to cooperate actively with the Pakistani authorities in this regard.

Benazir Bhutto said that Home office (Sindh) has sent her letters which made her feel more vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

Instead of relaxing the ban on tinted windows and the ban on display of public weapons they had asked her to travel in transparent windows and asked her not to protect herself in public with privately armed guards.

She demanded the government to review these decisions.

She said she was confident that the required expertise would be invited on an emergency basis, given the enormity of the crime, the loss of lives incurred and the direct threat to her life.

Copies of the letter were also endorsed to Gen Pervez Musharraf, UN Security Council, Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chief Justice of Sindh High Court.


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