Although the indictment of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on charges of murder for the death of Benazir Bhutto has been seen by many as little more than a political revenge ploy, a 2009 UN report written after her death in 2007, deems otherwise.
The report, prepared by an independent UN Commission of Inquiry, concluded that the failure of the Pakistani police to investigate effectively into former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination was deliberate.
The Commission, which was appointed in 2009 by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to inquire into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, states that Bhutto’s assassination could have been prevented if adequate security measures had been taken.
"The responsibility for Ms 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 and urgent security risks that they knew she faced," it notes.
It also questioned the role played by former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf's government who, it claims, were not proactive to neutralise the threats faced by Bhutto despite being in the know.
"The federal Government under General Musharraf, although fully aware of and tracking the serious threats to Ms Bhutto, did little more than pass on those threats to her and to provincial authorities and were not proactive in neutralizing them or ensuring that the security provided was commensurate to the threats. This is especially grave given the attempt on her life in Karachi when she returned to Pakistan on 18 October 2007."
The commission further stated that investigations conducted by the police were severely hampered by intelligence agencies and other government officials.
"More significantly, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) conducted parallel investigations, gathering evidence and detaining suspects. Evidence gathered from such parallel investigations was selectively shared with the police," the commission states.
The commission, however, reached no conclusion as to who the organisers and sponsors behind the suicide attack on Bhutto’s vehicle in Rawalpindi on 27 December 2007 were.
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Updated Date: Aug 21, 2013 10:10:58 IST