UNITED NATIONS - In a statement marking the first death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto's assassination, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon still had no definite time-frame for setting up an international commission to probe her murder, saying discussions between Pakistan and the world body on its mandate and the modalities were going on. The statement quoted the UN chief said Friday that he was hopeful of establishing the commission "in the near future." "One year ago, assassins took the life of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan. On this painful anniversary, the Secretary-General stands in solidarity with the Government and the people of Pakistan and assures them of his commitment to contribute to their search for truth and justice," his spokesperson, Marie Okabe, said in the statement. It said, "In response to the request that the Secretary-General establish an independent Commission of Inquiry into the circumstance of the killing, the UN Secretariat has been in consultations with the Government of Pakistan to determine the nature of the commission, the scope of its mandate and the modalities for its establishment. The Secretariat has also been in consultations on this matter with members of the United Nations Security Council. "The Secretary-General is hopeful that, with the progression of the discussions, the commission could be established in the near future". Ms. Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack on Dec. 27 as she left an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi.