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PPP seeks Indian support for UN probe into Benazir killing

Islamabad: Pakistan’s ruling PPP has sought India’s support for its move to demand a UN-led probe into the assassination of the former premier, Benazir Bhutto, saying that it would be a “monument in history” if the two countries come together on a resolution in the world body.

The request for India’s support was conveyed by PPP chairman Asif Ali Zardari to visiting External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee during a meeting here on Tuesday.

Mr. Mukherjee, who was here to review the composite dialogue process with his Pakistani counterpart, also met the country’s top political leadership.

“I’ve requested your Foreign Minister to help us get it [the request to the UN] through. So hopefully, in her death, [Bhutto] will bring us together on a resolution which will be a monument in history,” Mr. Zardari told PTI in an interview.

“For the first time, India and Pakistan will be demanding a resolution together,” he said.

Asked about Mr. Mukherjee’s response to his request, he said: “I haven’t had official confirmation but he was sympathetic to my position.”

The PPP, he said, is determined to go ahead with its demand to seek a UN-led probe despite reservations from some quarters about involving the world body.

“The National Assembly of Pakistan has passed a resolution, the provincial assemblies have passed resolutions. So now I don’t think there’s room for debate. It’s just a question of the Foreign Minister writing a letter to the UN and taking it up,” he said.

Mr. Zardari said he was not seeking personal revenge against the persons involved in the assassination of his wife but he wanted to uncover the larger conspiracy behind her murder.

“Am I interested in getting five kids hung for the assassination of my wife? No. I haven’t even lodged an FIR. I refused to quantify my wife with an FIR. She was too large a person and I will not justify taking revenge. But revenge in history, revenge in changing the course of Pakistan, the system? Yes. So I will take strength from that loss of mine and convert it into a gain for Pakistan.”

— PTI

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