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Pakistan failed to protect Bhutto says UN enquiry

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Pakistan failed to protect Bhutto says UN enquiry

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Benazir Bhutto’s assassination could have been prevented if adequate security measures had been taken, according to a UN enquiry.

The Pakistani politician was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack after an election rally near Islamabad in December 2007. But Pakistan failed to effectively probe her death and “severely hampered” UN efforts to do so, says the report.

“It remains the responsibility of the Pakistani authorities to do what has yet to be done, in the case of the assassination of Ms. Benazir Bhutto, that is to carry out a serious and credible criminal investigation that determines who conceived, planned, financed and executed this heinous crime and bring those responsible to justice,“said Chile’s UN Ambassador Heraldo Munoz, the head of the Bhutto Commission.

Benazir Bhutto was in danger the moment she returned to Pakistan after years of self-imposed exile. A staunch opponent of Islamist militants, she survived a bomb attack just hours after arriving home in Karachi in October 2007. Nearly 150 people were killed.

Many of her supporters believe allies of then president Pervez Musharraf may have had a hand in her death, to prevent her coming to power.