=> NEW YORK (January 25 2008): A leading US-based hum
NEW YORK (January 25 2008): A leading US-based human rights group on Wednesday urged Britain to boycott probe into the murder of Benazir Bhutto, branding the investigation “flawed.”
British detectives “should not be part of a flawed Pakistani investigation” into the assassination, Human Rights Watch said, calling for an “independent international investigation such as under United Nations auspices.”
“The Pakistani government has a well-documented record of failing to conduct impartial investigations of human rights abuses, including political killings,” the organisation (HRW) said in a statement.
Counter-terrorism experts from Scotland Yard – headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police – have since January 4 been helping police investigate the killing, at the invitation of President Pervez Musharraf. “The Scotland Yard team has a narrow mandate and will not conduct an independent inquiry,” since it is engaged to determine the cause of death rather than who was responsible, said HRW, which documents human rights abuses around the world.
Officials in Pakistan said on Tuesday that British detectives could question a teenager and another man held for alleged involvement in the assassination plot. Benazir’s Pakistan People’s Party has accused the government of a “conspiracy” over the slaying of its most outspoken critic ahead of key general elections that have been postponed to February 18.
Source: Business Recorder