Pakistan sidelines some officals after Bhutto report

Pakistan has sidelined eight officials, including policemen, responsible for the security of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Pakistan sidelines some officals after Bhutto report

Pakistan has sidelined eight officials, including policemen, responsible for the security of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto after a U.N. report said she was poorly protected, a spokesman said on Monday.

Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack after an election rally in Rawalpindi on Dec. 27, 2007, weeks after she returned to Pakistan from years in self-imposed exile.

A United Nations commission of inquiry released findings last week, saying her killing by a 15-year-old suicide bomber could have been prevented if adequate security measures had been taken.

Seven police officers and a former Interior Ministry spokesman had been removed from active operations and designated officers on special duty (OSD), President Asif Ali Zardari's spokesman, Farhatullah Babar, said.

"On the recommendations of the party, the government initiated a process and has made some officials OSD," Babar told Reuters, referring to Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP), now led by her widower, Zardari.

The U.N. team focused on the circumstances surrounding Bhutto's death. Pakistan is still left with the responsibility of determining who carried out the assassination, one of the most dramatic events in the country's turbulent history.

The U.N. team heavily criticised authorities, saying they had "severely hampered" the investigation.

The three U.N. investigators who conducted a nine-month inquiry, headed by Chile's U.N. Ambassador Heraldo Munoz, said they believed the failure to effectively examine Bhutto's death was "deliberate".


Reuters

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