Friday, April 16th, 2010
Pakistani police deliberately failed to properly probe the 2007 murder of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto which could have been averted if there had been adequate security, a UN-appointed independent panel said Thursday.
“Ms Bhutto’s assassination could have been prevented if adequate security measures had been taken,” said the report by a three-member panel headed by Chile’s UN ambassador Heraldo Munoz.
The panel said responsibility for Bhutto’s security on the day of her assassination rested with “the federal government, the government of Punjab and the Rawalpindi district police.”
“None of these entities took the necessary measures to respond to the extraordinary, fresh, urgent security risks that they knew she faced,” it added.
The panel said it believed that Pakistani police’s failure to probe the slaying effectively “was deliberate.”