KARACHI (AFP & Katmandu Online) – The police officer heading the investigation team probing the devastating suicide blasts that targeted formerpremier is expected to be replaced, officials said.
The move is being considering after Bhutto said she had no confidence in the current chief, senior police officer Manzoor Mughal, whom she accuses of involvement in the torture of her husband.
A new police officer today took over the probe into the deadly suicide attack on former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto’s motorcade here after she alleged that the previous officer was involved in torturing her husband in 1999.
Deputy Inspector General Saud Mirza took over as the head of the special police team investigating the bomb blasts that killed nearly 140 people and injured hundreds others.
The Interior Ministry had yesterday said that DIG (Investigation) Manzoor Mughal, who was earlier heading the probe, would be replaced due to objections raised by Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party.
Bhutto had alleged that Mughal was present when her husband Asif Ali Zardari was tortured while in police custody in 1999 and was saved only due to the intervention of the judiciary and top diplomats.
While the Interior Ministry maintained that Mughal had gone on leave, officials in Karachi said the provincial government had no doubts about his professionalism but had decided to replace him so that there would be no accusations of impartiality regarding the investigation.
Sindh Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim has said the entire police team probing the blasts would be replaced in the interest of impartiality.
Bhutto Has Death Threat
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said Tuesday she had received a new death threat but will start campaigning in Pakistani cities in the next couple days, avoiding mass rallies.
Five days after the suicide bombing that killed at least 136 at her homecoming procession in Karachi, Bhutto said her lawyer received a letter from an unidentified “friend of al-Qaida” threatening to slaughter her “like a goat.”
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