Pak govt forms new team to probe Bhutto's assassination

Pak govt forms new team to probe Bhutto's assassination

Benazir Bhutto

The new probe team would comprise of law enforcement and intelligence officials and headed by the director of the Special Investigation Group of the Federal Investigation Agency, a unit that is also probing last year's Mumbai attacks.

The move comes in the wake of a decision by an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi to defer the hearing of a case related to her killing, following a request from the government.

The setting up of the new probe comes as the United Nations has formed an inquiry commission to determine the facts and circumstances of Bhutto's killing.

Members of the commission, which will submits its report by the end of this year, are currently in Pakistan to conduct inquiries. However, the UN has made it clear that its team would not have the mandate of an official probe.

Police and other law enforcement agencies, including the FIA, according to the Dawn newspaper, had completed their investigation of the case and submitted a chargesheet to the anti-terrorism court.

Five people charged with involvement in the assassination were being tried by the court in the high-security Adiala Jail.

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