Pak Affairs

Zardrai rejects Yard’s assistance, demands UN commission to probe

NODERO: Co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party and spouse of the slain PPP leader Benazir Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday said that he was not accepting President Musharraf’s decision to call in a Scotland Yard team, and demanded that a UN commission should conduct the investigation into his wife’s death. Addressing a press conference here, Zardari wondered how the government today remembered Scotland Yard for the probe. He said that why the government did not seek help from the foreign investigating team, when Benazir Bhutto was first time attacked. He said that the December 27 tragedy would have not happened had the Scotland Yard was invited to probe the incident of October 18.

He said that Bhutto is still alive and her blood will save this country. He also announced that Bhutto’s chehlum will be held on February 7 to which all friends and foes are invited. If the general elections are rigged, the ensuing confrontations would be the government’s fault, Zardari observed. He said that after the first attempt on Benazir Bhutto’s life, she named the people responsible, in case she died. Announcing that PPP will participate in the February 18 polls, Asif Zardari also condemned the decision to scrap the original election schedule, saying, “PPP will not leave an open ground for the government.” Zardari said that the PPP will send delegation to all the democratic countries to raise voice for democracy in Pakistan where ordinary people will be empowered and not the rulers.

He said that his party does not want confrontation but peace and stability. It was the message of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir to spread love and harmony and the PPP will continue to do the same, he added. Pointing finger to the government he said, “Beware of that day when you could not stop us.” He asked the government to show maturity and warned not to create 1971 like situation when the country was disintegrated.-SANA

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