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Changing Stories Of Bhutto Death

Pakistan security officials investigating the death of Benazir Bhutto have concluded she was killed by a single assassin who had a gun and a bomb. They believe he fired three shots and then blew himself up in order to kill the PPP leader. Plastic surgeon have reconstructed the face of the bomber and it is being circulated throughout the nation. A police officer has now stated he saw the man raise his arm, but got there to late to prevent the explosion. President Musharraf has now admitted his agreement with the new interpretation of the death.

The United States still insists that Musharraf must be supported and the best way to achieve that purpose is by encouraging an alliance between the Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party and Musharraf. However, all indications are that PPP leaders are leaning toward an alliance with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. IN the topsy turvy world of Pakistan politics there is little hope America’s coalition will emerge. We are left with a Musharraf standing alone and not allied with the opposition.

Muharraf In The Reporter’s Den-Questions And Answers

Pakistan Presdient Musharraf met a hostile group of international reporters who refused to back away from posing tough questions. The first question asked apparently infuriated the president. He was aksed how he could lead the nation when “many people in the country believe you have blood on your hands over Benazir Bhutto’s death.” Musharraf’s face went cold and he responded: “I consider the question below my dignity to answer. However, I would like to answer it.” He went on to point out he was raised by a cultured family tht did not believe in killing people. But, the questions kept on coming:
Would he bow to mounting public opinion and resign?
Was he in fear of his life given the levels of terrorist violence?
What about the charges of vote rigging before the election?

Musharraf defended his actions and made clear he was not afraid of being killed since he knew how to take car of himself. He slipped for a moment when complaining he had warned Bhutto about possible violence and even provided her with an armored car. Reporters pointed out she bought the car. He insisted her death was caused by being blown against the sun roof of the car and agreed there was need for further investigation. That is why he has summoned Scotland Yard. He did blame “inefficiency” at the crime scene of those in charge.

It is interesting that Musharraf’s Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s leader, Chuadhry Shujaat Hussain told reporters that it was important for the INter-Services Intelligence(ISI) to monitor actions of opposition political parties. “It keeps a watch on political parties and reports their anti-government and anti-state activities.” Perhaps, someone should inform Musharraf that in a democracy the opposition party is expected to oppose the state.

Musharraf Calls In Scotland Yard

In an address to the nation, President Musharraf announced a six week delay in Pakistan elections, claiming this decision was being made at the request of the Election Commission. He also said that Prime Minister Gordon Brown of England had been asked to send a special Scotland Yard team to help in the investigation of the murder of Benazir Bhutto. Her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, however, urged the involvement of the United Nations into any investigation effort, but his request was rejected by Musharraf.

There is no question Musharraf wanted an election, and, most probably gave those instructions to the Election Commission. He fears a powerful sympathy vote for Bhutto and wanted to put some time and space between the killing and the election. Nawaz Shariff, who heads the PML-N, stated he was going to proceed with efforts to form a coalition government with the Pakistan Peoples Party of Bhutto in the event he wins. He also flatly rejected any possibility of working with Musharraf in a coalition. A problem facing Pakistan is that its leaders have too many moral flaws and whoever gains power will most probably do nothing to end corruption. At this point, it is important to put in place an effective secular led government that can deal with terrorism and restore a semblance of democracy to Pakistan.