UN Bhutto assassination inquiry needs more time: Ban

Secretary-General said that a U.N. panel looking into the 2007 assassination of ex-Pakistani PM Bhutto needed more time to complete its investigation.

UN Bhutto assassination inquiry needs more time: Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that a U.N. panel looking into the 2007 assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto needed more time to complete its investigation.

The head of the inquiry commission, Chilean U.N. Ambassador Heraldo Munoz, has requested a three-month extension of the mandate, which expires at the end of the year.

"They need more time to continue their investigation," Ban said. "I think this is reasonable and I'm positively considering to extend it for another three months."

The three-member U.N. team conducting the inquiry began its work in July. It is looking into into the circumstances surrounding the attack that killed Bhutto after an election campaign rally in Rawalpindi city on Dec. 27, 2007.

The panel is not expected to name suspected culprits. Any criminal investigation will be up to Pakistani authorities, but Munoz has said the commission's findings will hopefully be able to complement the government's efforts.

Ban set up the commission at the request of the coalition government, led by Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party.

Reuters
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