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Poll: Nearly Half of Pakistanis Believe Government Involved in Bhutto's Assassination


A poll finds nearly half of Pakistanis believe the government had some involvement in former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination.

Gallup-Pakistan released results of a survey Saturday, with 48 percent of Pakistanis suspecting government agencies or government allied politicians were responsible for Ms. Bhutto's death.

Nearly half of those surveyed also supported having foreign experts investigating the assassination, and Ms. Bhutto's 19-year-old son, Bilawal, assuming leadership of the Pakistan People's Party.

The former prime minister was killed December 27 in a gun and suicide bomb attack after an election rally in Rawalpindi.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has ruled out a U.N. inquiry into Ms. Bhutto's assassination.

The opposition leader's supporters have been calling for a U.N. investigation, comparing her death to the 2005 killing of former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri. Many Lebanese blame Syria for that killing.

Mr. Musharraf told a French newspaper, Le Figaro, that a U.N. probe will not be appropriate since no other country is implicated in the murder of Ms. Bhutto. He said Pakistani institutions will manage the inquiry and that British police are helping Pakistani investigators.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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