Govt forms investigation committee


April 24, 2010

KARACHI: The government has ordered a fresh inquiry into the hosing down of forensic evidence hours after the assassination of PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto on December 27, 2007.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Saturday constituted a three-member committee to investigate as to who ordered the crime scene to be hosed down immediately after the murder of Ms Bhutto in a suicide and gun attack at Rawalpindi’s Liaqat Bagh. According to a statement, the committee would determine whether or not then directorgeneral Military Intelligence (MI), Nadeem Ijaz, had issued orders to police officials to hose down the crime scene.

Secretary Cabinet Division Abdul Rauf Chaudhry will head the committee, comprising two civilian and one military official. The other members are Maj-Gen Sajjad Ghani, the Vice Chief of General Staff, and Fayyaz Tooru, the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Peshawar. The committee has been formed one week after the PPP authorised the launch of criminal proceedings against all those mentioned in a UN report on Benazir Bhutto’s murder.

The report revealed that the former chief of Military Intelligence had ordered then Rawalpindi police chief, Saud Aziz, to send water tankers to hose down the crime scene. Nadeem Ijaz, still serving in the military, is a close relative of the then president Pervez Musharraf, whom the PPP wants to take to court for his alleged involvement in the murder. Both Musharraf and Ijaz deny these allegations. An official of the Prime Minister Secretariat said the committee would present its report to the prime minister after Gilani’s return from his visit to Bhutan.

The prime minister will fly to Bhutan on Monday to attend the summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Only a day after the PPP decided to move against Musharraf and others mentioned in the UN report, media reports suggested that the government wanted to initiate a criminal case against Nadeem Ijaz and former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Ijaz Shah.

But the same day Army chief Ashfaq Pervaz Kayani met with President Asif Ali Zardari and Gilani. Though little details of the meeting were made available to the media, experts believe the meeting was linked with the development. They believe the powerful military would never allow anybody to embarrass any of its attached agencies.

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Syed A. Mateen | 11 years ago | Reply Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto (Shaheed) was assassinated under mysterious circumstances while she was going back after delivering speech at Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi. Before coming to Pakistan from Dubai, UAE, she was repeatedly told time and again not to come to Pakistan as there is life threat for her. The point of investigation should start from here. The government should go and look into the files of our law enforcing agencies and question the officials of the previous government who were aware that BB’s life was under threat and in which manner? Then the next point is that when she landed Karachi on October 18, 2007 why there was a security lapse and twin bombs exploded on Main Shahrah-e-Faisal. Why our security agencies failed to apprehend the people who detonated bombs before hand? Was there any security review in preparations of her Jalsa at Liaquat Bagh Rawalpindi and if there were any security review what were the details? What precautionary cautions the previous government took after BB escaped the first assassination attempt in Karachi on October 18, 2007 and gave number of interviews to print and electronic media? What happed to the letter which she wrote to the higher authorities citing the name of her possible killers? Did any one in the previous government take notice of her letter or not? The main point is that why BB motor cab went out of the planned route when she finished the Jalsa at Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi? Who was the last caller who called BB on her cell phone? Why BB stood up, when her motor cab went out of the planned route and started waving her hands to the few party workers, among them were the people who started firing on her? Who told BB to stand up and wave her hands? There are number of other questions that can be raised? Why the site of incident was washed up in hurry when BB was attacked? Why the evidences were washed-out on the same night when the death of Benazir Bhutto was announced within couple of hours after the attack? Which dignitary was suppose to go on the same route after the attack when people went out on the streets in the entire country in protest against the attacks and killing of an very important political leader of South East Asia? Which particular group wanted to remove her from the political scene of Pakistan? What were the reasons? BB remained in exile for a long time and it was absolutely clear that she would have won the elections and have become third time Prime Minister? Who were the people who did not wanted to see her as third time Prime Minister? What political or otherwise benefit the alleged killers gained after killing BB?
Abdul Kabir | 11 years ago | Reply Anyone involved in such henious crimes which are infact crimes against the whole nation must be brought before the nation may they be from any institution or social standing. Anybody from the civil or defense services, if involved, must be punished. I dont agree that Army would not allow any of its officers ar agencies embarrased. It will infact cleanse the military from such unscrupulous elements who have brought nothing but shame to the country and military alike.
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