ISLAMABAD - The UN Inquiry Commission on Thursday initiated its investigation into the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on Pakistani soil by meeting security officials and discussing with them Islamabads own probe into the gory act of terrorism. The UN team, which had arrived here late Wednesday night, also called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr. They also held separate meetings with Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Minister of State for Law and Justice Afzal Sindhu. The UN probe team include Heraldo Munoz, Chilean Ambassador to UN, Marzuki Darusman, former Attorney General of Indonesia and Peter Fitzgerald, a Veteran of Irish National Police. The team will stay in Pakistan until July 18 during which it would also visit the site of the crime in Rawalpindi. The Commission will submit its report to the Secretary General within six months from today (Thursday). The report subsequently will be shared with the government of Pakistan. The UN commission, a fact-finding body in nature, would determine the facts and circumstances of the assassination and not carry out a criminal investigation. The duty of determining criminal responsibility of the perpetrators of the assassination would remain with the Pakistani authorities. The meeting between President Zardari and the members of the UN commission discussed in detail all matters related to the investigation into Benazir Bhuttos assassination. President Zardari assured the visiting team that the government would take every possible step to facilitate them in probing into the killing of the former PPP chairperson. The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Interior Rehman Malik, Attorney General Sardar Latif Khosa, Minister of State for Law and Justice Afzal Sindhu, Secretary General to the President Salman Faruqui and Interior Secretary Kamal Shah. All the children of Benazir Bhutto, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Bakhtwar Bhutto Zardari and Aseefa Bhutto Zardari were also present in the meeting on special invitation. Briefing the newsmen about the meeting, the Presidents Spokesman Farhatullah Babar said that at the outset President welcomed the team and thanked the UN and its Secretary General Ban Ki Moon for setting up the commission. The President reiterated the rationale behind the decision of the government to request a UN probe and said the mission was faced with a challenging and onerous task. We approached the UN because first we wanted transparent and aboveboard investigations so that there are no accusations of bias. We also wanted to unearth any conspiracy to balkanise Pakistan and let the world know how a democratic leader heroically laid down her life to foil the designs against the country and thereby to honour her internationally, Farhatullah Babar quoted the President as saying to the members of the UN team. The President said that the Parliament and all provincial assemblies had adopted unanimous resolutions demanding a UN probe. The UN had also passed resolutions condemning the assassination and the need to expose the organisers, perpetrator and financiers of the crime and it was befitting that the world body formed its own fact-finding commission, the President said. The President also said that the conspirators planned to postpone elections indefinitely and provoke the PPP into taking to the streets on that fateful day to hasten the process of balkanisation. However, the PPP took the sagacious decision to seek revenge in a different way as the partys new Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari declared democracy is the best revenge, the President added. We have also carried out our own investigations and the findings will be made available to the UN investigators, Farhatullah Babar quoted the President as saying. Recalling the events leading up to the formation of the UN Commission Senator Farhatullah Babar said that after initial hiccups, the UN Secretary General addressed a letter to the Security Council on Feb 2 saying that he had acceded to the request from the government of Pakistan to form an investigation commission. The Secretary General said that he was mindful of the determination and efforts made by Pakistan to search for the truth and bring to justice all financiers, perpetrators, organisers, sponsors and conspirators of this terrorist act so that they will be held accountable. The international commission would be accorded necessary immunities for the independent conduct of the inquiry, including, in particular, unhindered access to all relevant sources of information, he said. The commission can also seek cooperation of a third state in the collection of material or information and in doing so it may seek the assistance of the government of Pakistan. Farhatullah Babar said that the President separately advised the party workers to be cautious against those who are opposed to the UN probe. Today with the arrival of the UN team and the start of investigations we have crossed a milestone into unearthing the macabre hands and faces behind the plot, he quoted the President as saying in a message to the party workers. It also places greater responsibility on all of us to look over our shoulders and be careful against the designs of those who oppose or obstruct international probe for reasons of their own, the President cautioned the workers. Later the Commission met with the Interior Minister Rehman Malik in the Ministry of Interior. The Commission exchanged views on the over all investigations carried out by the Scotland Yard team and Pakistani agencies. The Interior Ministry team also briefed the commission about the interrogations being carried out from December 27, 2008 to till the date. The Interior Ministry ensured full collaboration with the commission while Interior Minister Rehman Malik also directed the concerned authorities to fully cooperate with the UN commission. Meanwhile, the UN commission called upon the Minister of State for Law and Justice Muhammad Afzal Sindhu. The Minister welcomed the commission and a detailed meeting took place concerning the legal matters involved in the probe. The minister apprised the commission of the legal issues and extended his full support and confidence.