Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The main suspects by Jeremy Page

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by Jeremy Page
Global Research, December 27, 2007
The Times

The main suspects in Benazir Bhutto’s assassination are the Pakistani and foreign Islamist militants who saw her as a heretic and an American stooge and had repeatedly threatened to kill her.

But fingers will also be pointed at Inter-Services Intelligence, the agency that has had close ties to the Islamists since the 1970s and has been used by successive Pakistani leaders to suppress political opposition.

Ms Bhutto narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in October, when a suicide bomber killed about 140 people at a rally in the port city of Karachi to welcome her back from eight years in exile.

Earlier that month, two militant warlords based in Pakistan’s lawless northwestern areas, near the border with Afghanistan, had threatened to kill her on her return.

One was Baitullah Mehsud, a top commander fighting the Pakistani army in the tribal region of South Waziristan. He has close ties to al Qaeda and the Afghan Taleban.

The other was Haji Omar, the “amir” or leader of the Pakistani Taleban, who is also from South Waziristan and fought against the Soviets with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan.

After that attack Ms Bhutto revealed that she had received a letter signed by a person who claimed to be a friend of al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden threatening to slaughter her like a goat.

She accused Pakistani authorities of not providing her with sufficient security and hinted that they may have been complicit in the bomb attack. Asif Ali Zardari, her husband, directly accused the ISI of being involved in that attempt on her life.

Mrs Bhutto stopped short of blaming the Government directly, saying that she had more to fear from unidentified members of a power structure that she described as allies of the “forces of militancy”.

Analysts say that President Musharraf himself is unlikely to have ordered her assassination, but that elements of the army and intelligence service would have stood to lose money and power if she had become Prime Minister.

The ISI, in particular, includes some Islamists who became radicalised while running the American-funded campaign against the Soviets in Afghanistan and remained fiercely opposed to Ms Bhutto on principle.

Saudi Arabia, which has strong influence in Pakistan, is also thought to frown on Ms Bhutto as being too secular and Westernised and to favour Nawaz Sharif, another former Prime Minister.

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13 thoughts on “Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The main suspects by Jeremy Page

  1. , government agents confiscated the medical records.

    From the page: “The Washington Post has revealed that Pakistani authorities ordered the doctors who attended to Benazir Bhutto after her shooting to remain silent about the cause of death.

    One doctors told the Post that as soon as Benazir was pronounced dead, government agents confiscated the medical records.

    The medical staff of the Rawalpindi General Hospital have mostly remained quiet after the incident, but said they were put in a terrible position after the assassination.

    Babar Awan, a top official in the Bhutto Pakistan People’s Party said that he had identified two clearly defined entry and exit bullet wounds.

    He further said that the principal professor of surgery at the hospital, Muhammad Mussadiq Khan, was extremely nervous when he confirmed that Benazir had died of a bullet wound.

    Meanwhile, the Pakistan Government has apologised over making statement that Benazir didn’t die of bullet or the terror attack.”

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  7. I think your analysis would be more complete if you treat Musharraf/his party as a suspect, and then provide your arguments for why you think it wasnt them.

    Two days prior to returning to Pakistan, Bhutto sent Musharraf a letter naming four suspects she believed posed a threat to her life. These people included Musharraf’s party leader, Pervaiz Elahi, ISI chief Hamid Gul, and the chief of the National Accountability Bureau.

    How do you defend discounting these people as suspects? Pervaiz Elahi is set to become Pakistan’s next prime minister after Bhutto’s assassination today especially because the election Commission has barred Nawaz Sharif from contesting the upcoming elections. He is also an old-time rival of Bhutto’s family.

    Finally, the Musharraf administration also seems to have been negligent with the security they provided Bhutto. During the last attempt to kill her which took the lives of about 140 people, Bhutto and her party workers accused the government, pointing out that right before the suicide blasts the street lights had mysteriously been turned off.

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  9. did you ever think that this death was a part of a bigger plot to move toward a NEW WORLD ORDER and displace feelings of peace by deguising it under the name of terrorism i.e “the war on terror”. i belive that all the worlds Goverment , China, usa, eu ect.. Are working together to form a NEW WORLD ORDER which really is the old world order. where the king and quees ruled us all. with this womens death the world will rally in her defense and ask once again “pleease world help us” then the world will join together again and tighten its grip on us. Every goverment works together to go aganist its people. we as people are made to belive that we hate each other or that we need to invade and controll. but in reality its all a ploy to keep us a bay and difuse all feelings of hate and fight and make us involuentarly give up hope and join in this One world idea of peace. its all a set up and i hope people start researching history of false flags and missions tthat were ment to disrupt the mind and not the actual. Remenber 9-11, 3-11,7-7,7-21 Bin laden a CIA asset that is all over the news we think is bad which he is but he just a poster child for the real terrorist is you and me going against the norm and grain of things to come. NOW terror is amonst us and our within your gates. MAss security and surveillance everywhere. with BHuttos death brings only more confusion and high security that was plannd by goverment across the world. I hope i was not to confusing

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