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Pakistan National Assembly calls for UN probe into Bhutto assassination

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Pakistan [official website] unanimously adopted a resolution late Monday calling for a United Nations investigation into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The resolution now goes to the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In January, President Pervez Musharraf ruled out the possibility of a UN investigation [JURIST report], saying that such an investigation was not necessary since there is no suggestion that another state was involved.

Bhutto's widow, Asif Ali Zardari [BBC profile], has repeatedly called for an international probe [JURIST report] and has accused Musharraf's regime of involvement in the assassination. The United States has already taken the position that a UN investigation is unnecessary. In March, Pakistani authorities filed preliminary charges [JURIST report] against top Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud [BBC profile]. Meshud, who is the commander of the Tehrik-e-Taliban, a group of Islamic militants with links to al Qaeda, has denied involvement in the assassination. AP has more.

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