Benzair Killing: Action Against 6 on UN Report

Rezaul H Laskar/Islamabad
Benzair Killing: Action Against 6 on UN Report
Pakistani authorities have initiated action against six officials linked to alleged lapses in the investigation of the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto, a top police official said today.

Action was taken against the civil and police officials after they were named in the report of a UN commission that probed Bhutto's killing in a gun-and-suicide attack on December 2007.

The six high-ranking officials were made Officers on Special Duty and barred from travelling out of the country.

Rawalpindi's Regional Police Officer Aslam Tarin said action had been taken against former district police chief Saud Aziz, SSP (operations) Yaseen Farook, former Rawalpindi district administration chief Irfan Ilahi, Superintendents of Police Khurram Shahzad and Ashfaque Anwar and Additional Inspector General (investigation) Chaudhry Abdul Majeed.

All these officials were involved in investigating Bhutto's murder.

The names of these officials have been included in the Exit Control List, a list of people barred from leaving the country that is maintained by the interior ministry.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said action is being taken against people held responsible for lapses in the UN commission's report.

If former President Pervez Musharraf is found responsible for the killing of Bhutto, steps will be taken to bring him back to Pakistan, he said.

The top leadership of the ruling Pakistan People's Party, including President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, decided during a meeting yesterday to take "appropriate legal actions" against all persons, including Musharraf, who have been named in the UN panel's report as being responsible for the assassination of Bhutto.
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