Mush likely to sue UN panel over Bhutto murder

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Mush likely to sue UN panel over Bhutto murder
Islamabad, Apr 19: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is likely to sue the UN-appointed panel, that had probed the assassination of the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, for holding him responsible for the murder.

"In the report, Musharraf has not been accused personally but it has been mentioned that his government failed to protect Benazir Bhutto," Chaudhry Fawad, a lawyer for Musharraf said in a newspaper report.

Musharraf's name was mentioned by one of the member of the panel while responding to a question during a news conference.

Fawad said that Musharraf's legal team will ask the panel to clarify whether his name was intentionally mentioned by the member or it was unintentional.

"If the UN commission member unintentionally mentioned the name of the former President, no action would be taken but if he did so intentionally the former President would move the International Court of Justice against the UN commission," Fawad said.

He said that Musharraf is consulting his lawyers in Pakistan and abroad on the issue after studying the UN panel's report, which he had received.

In their report released on Apr 15, the panel, while slamming Musharraf for his failure to save Bhutto, concluded that the assassination could have been averted.

The report also highlighted the several flaws in the investigation carried out on the murder by the Musharraf government.

Meanwhile, Musharraf's spokesman, Mohammad Ali Saif, criticized media for concentrating only on the 'passing remarks' on Musharraf instead of concentrating on 'main charges' levelled against the government.

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