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Who killed Benazir Bhutto? Was this another case of exploding mangoes? By Fareeha Qayoom

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? Was this another case of exploding mangoes?

By Fareeha Qayoom

W

e live in interesting times.

For example, today was a full action thriller, a fairly average day when I look back – we lived through two bomb explosions in Peshawar as a nation, I personally dealt with work-frustrations like a CEO of a vendor yelling at me for his company’s short-comings, (not replying to his emails or text messages, delivery delays, general irresponsibility and uncooperative behavior) or his complaints that his customer does not understand he is better than China and it would have been quite fun if his client had to actually deal with a Chinese vendor, that  she does not appreciate his hard work despite challenging circumstances or his genius, and emailing USA with updates, breaking the news to his customer that her nightmare is not over,  that there is still more to come, chasing elusive staff members and colleagues who refused to pick up the phone or take my calls, and calling a friend and a colleague who is in hospital with a broken leg because of a road accident, the doctors had to operate on his leg and left him without a supporting plaster cast for his broken bones since the latest technology in medicine has not reached Pakistan yet (automatically dissolving stitches – old hat in the west!), long hours of load-shedding in the day-light hours, driving around this hot afternoon in fairly mad traffic to visit  PTCL customer service to pick up copies of our delayed bills that they forgot to mail before the due date which is just a day away, the bank to pay a few utility bills like telephone and gas, (thank God, they are open in the afternoons now!), witnessing the aftermath of an accident on the road, wondering what happened from the state of the banged up cars, stopping by at Readings and not finding anything decent or fun to read, drinking health and happiness over a cup of tea for a friend for her birthday at Readings, the best gift she asked me to deliver on her birthday wherever I happened to be at 5:00 pm, picking up my brother from work around 5:30 pm, calling ahead to inform our cook to have the tea ready for the whole family by 6:00 pm, stopping by at neighborhood store to buy a phone card and on reaching home around 6:00 pm, finding out we are out of milk so we can’t have tea immediately, then finding out we are out of cookies after the tea was served and having to send him out again to get some cookies, (talk about staff disorganization even with considerable planning on your part!),  watching my mom watch an Indian soap opera, sandwiching the activity of reading the various news reports on the net in between, replying to my emails, having dinner before the scheduled load-shedding, watching my younger brother watch the various talk shows where the hot topic of discussion continued to be the latest UN report on Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, blogging and now writing – yes, it was fairly an average day in Pakistan. The report by the way was eclipsed by the two explosions in Peshawar for a bit but what the heck; the whole town is still talking about the UN report.


Tribute to Benazir 8
Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo

The mysterious deaths of our popular leaders are not all that strange in our part of the world. Some say, Jinnah was also murdered by slow poison and many straight forward assassination attempts were made on his life at various points in his life. Our first Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan was also assassinated. Prior to that, many unsuccessful attempts had been made on his life already. Apparently, a hired gun finally killed him who happened to be an Afghan national by origins and he also happened to work for the British Government for quite some time. Though, he was not on the payroll at the time. It’s not clear why he was killed. However, the murderer was also killed immediately by the angry mob after he successfully completed his mission so the real truth can never be known now – it died with the assassin’s death. However, CIA’s declassified documents; fifty years after the event, do display a lot of unseemly interest in the political developments of that time in Pakistan. Furthermore, a conspiracy theory published in a ‘Commie’ daily or a weekly is mentioned in the secret dispatches that points to CIA’s involvement and the decision that US government will not officially comment on this as it will give this news report credibility by their denial (or is it analysis?) undue importance, besides, the news report had already slipped through the cracks, since no one had been paying any attention to it anyway so the secret dispatches mention the feeling of satisfaction and self congratulation for passing through this difficult time fairly quickly, even if the guy (Nadeem somebody or the other) who wrote it should be discreetly investigated! Hmm.

Some say Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was also killed by an international conspiracy and Zia-ul-Haq was their chosen instrument. The stuff of conspiracy theorists; General Zia-ul-Haq was also a victim of various assassination attempts – I remember as a kid thinking why are they going on and on (on PTV) about the fact that the assassins had hidden the bomb in the Muslim holy book – the Quran and it was a sacrilege but they didn’t find the assassination attempt itself shocking? Finally Zia was also booted out by an act of God or was it the case of exploding mangoes on C130? I remember (still as a kid), Azhar Lodhi, PTV news anchor crying on TV and finding that shocking instead of the actual death of so many people including Zia-ul-Haq. (Maybe I was comfortably numb even then? I know now we don’t find sudden, unnatural and untimely death shocking anymore.) Now, I don’t have a problem believing that particular conspiracy theory because I can see for myself that (a dark and militant face of) ‘Islam’ created by western spin doctors was used as a weapon by USA to fight Russia with full cooperation of General Zia-ul-Haq and now the same weapon is being used to fight Pakistan and the entire Muslim world.  (May be the ‘right-wing Islamist’ conspiracy theorists are right after all? Or maybe Professor Huntington is right. After all, he wrote the book ‘Clash of Civilizations’ where he cited current events – 80s and 90s – to support his theory that the next two natural enemies of the western civilization would be the Muslim and then the Chinese civilizations in that order. The facts make a strange kind of sense!  🙂 )

Benazir Bhutto was the latest popular leader who died in recent history of Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif is another one who is supposed to be on the hit-list, since he is considerably more popular than PPP right now, hence, high security measures. He might die in mysterious circumstances too in Pakistan’s future if he becomes a ‘loose cannon’ again. He was contained by General Musharraf, (another western instrument if you believe the same conspiracy theorists!)  Who was in turn contained by President Zardari (another western instrument) who in turn was contained by the judiciary! (Who just happened to be Nawaz Sharif’s or is it the establishment’s instrument? I am quite confused which particular set of conspiracy theorists to believe on this point so I leave it all up to you.) No, it’s not my theory, just popular conspiracy theories that strangely enough fit the facts and current events!

Cover of Time Magazine
Photo by Ammar Abd Rabbo

I actually don’t care who killed Ms Bhutto. (Sorry to sound unpatriotic!) As far as I am concerned, she’s dead now. She was a great leader. But you can’t bring her back. Yes, she was a great loss to our nation but it’s over. We need to move on. Instead of wasting considerable time and money and suspending front line executive security staff who probably were only following someone’s orders, we should concentrate on bigger issues facing our country right now. Like innocent citizens dying daily on the streets and bazaars of Pakistan or the rampant unemployment and bankruptcies because of government policies including bad management of essential utility companies like WAPDA, PEPCO and LESCO or Sui Gas, or the considerable public burden of debt on each citizen because of the IMF loan with punitive measures due in 2011 or high inflation rates or the state of the economy or the state of security.

The case of the mysterious death of Benazir Bhutto – we should leave it for the future generations to figure out. No new facts have been discovered by the UN report. Yes, Ms Bhutto died on Musharraf’s watch so ultimately the buck stops with him, however, it doesn’t mean he ordered her killing. (No, I am not defending him. I just find it strange that the government has taken this fact as stated by the report and made it out that Musharraf ordered her killing! Do they have a problem understanding English or the media has it wrong? I know I personally didn’t read the 65 page report nor do I want to, I only have the media reports to base my opinion on but it’s fairly clear to me that all the report meant was that since it happened on his watch, ultimately he is responsible.). However, the fact remains that by the same token our current government is quite unmoved when her innocent citizens die under her watch- for example, five or is it six children who died today in Peshawar due to the first bomb explosion – April 19th 2010. Every innocent loss of life should be equally important to our government and yet doesn’t merit the same zeal, time or money! Yes, the security was slack; (Well obviously, if they succeeded in killing her!) Yes, they were too quick to jump to conclusions – (well, only an enemy of state could have been interested in killing her and the obvious public enemy number one was Baitullah Mahsud, heading the TTP at the time; so what, if he denied killing her? He was a criminal and therefore was not a credible witness). They could hardly officially blame the semi-hostile to outright hostile to semi friendly to out-right friendly to totally indifferent neighboring countries like India or Afghanistan or USA or NATO or USSR or Iran or China or Saudi Arabia or Bangladesh or Nepal or Sri Lanka for her death. I mean, get real!

So what if the evidence was covered up quickly? There was the Scotland Yard investigation as well. They failed to find anything sinister either. The whole thing is inconclusive anyway.

The only bizarre item I find in the whole UN report as reported by media is that President Zardari was not responsible for her murder. (Why would they even mention that in the UN report when there was never any official finger pointing at him or any evidence to support that theory?!)

I find it equally strange that criminal investigation by the government is going to only start now after the filing of UN report, two years (or is it nearly three years?) after her death when the trail has already gone cold. What was preventing them from conducting their home-brewed investigations? Please move on. We are not interested in finding out who killed her. The former president and the current president both have claimed that they already know who killed her and since they don’t want to tell us, let’s not waste public time or money on futile exercises. Let’s move on. We will find out the truth from CIA dispatches fifty years from now anyway describing what might have happened…why spend so much more to figure out what we or rather our government knows already? Sigh. Forget it.

It’s time to take care of the living; the dead are already dead and in God’s hands. ■

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
The publisher and editor-in-chief for Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), Fareeha is currently working at a media company as Content development Manager (or as they call it, the managing editor); she also served as the managing editor for Valuemag (Jan 08-July 09 – Print editions Valuemag 1-13). She has over 15 years of solid management experience in managing products, brands, projects, processes, staff, customers, vendors and time, plus, she has a MSc degree in Economics (and Business Administration) from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA and BA from Kinnaird. She also freelanced for The News on Sunday (1994-95). Tkfr.com chronicles some of her work – editing, writing, reporting and print and online media management. (1994-to date).

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  1. More reading?

    Implementation on UN report within 24 hours: Babar
    Published: April 19, 2010
    LAHORE – Federal Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan has said that implementation on UN Inquiry Commission report on assassination of Benazir Bhutto would start within next 24 hours.
    Talking to the media at the residence of Dr. Asrar Ahmad here on Sunday, where he had gone to condole the death of the noted religious scholar with his family members, the law minister said that investigation team knew full well how to bring back the culprit Pervez Musharraf who has been held responsible for BB’s murder in the UN report.
    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Regional/Lahore/19-Apr-2010/Implementation-on-UN-report-within-24-hours-Babar

    UN delays report on Bhutto’s assassination
    Wednesday, March 31, 2010,13:22 [IST]
    United Nations, Mar 31: The submission of UN report on the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been delayed by a forthnight following Pakistan request for it, the United Nations said on Tuesday, Mar 30.
    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/03/31/un-delays-report-on-bhuttos-assassination.html

    Assassination of Liaqat Ali Khan & Declassified CIA documents
    By Moin Ansari on Nov-21-08 5:19am
    http://www.zimbio.com/Pakistan/articles/1032/Assassination+Liaqat+Ali+Khan+Declassified

    Original Documents: Memo from CIA on Liaquat’s Assassination
    Understanding Pakistan Project Team May 25th, 2007
    The American Government, including the State Department and CIA, released a number of original documents relating to Pakistan’s early history because either somebody filed a Freedom of Information Request or they were just deemed not enough sensitive enough–with several decades having passed–that it was considered OK to declassify them and make them available to the general public. We will attempt to bring some of these documents to you–not necessarily because they reflect truth in their entirety–but because they provide a unique perspective of a foreign country and its intelligence operation on events happening in Pakistan.
    One that especially caught my attention with the Memo CIA wrote on Liaquat’s Assassination in 1951. It is interesting, how the CIA assessed–perhaps rightly so–that none of the likely contenders of the Prime Ministerial spot that survived Liaquat was capable enough to succeed him. The memo seems to shed the doubt (only a doubt, nothing implied here) on Khaksars as being behind Liaquat’s assassination (I don’t think anything has been brought to light on that matter ever). It also carried CVs of three likely successors at the end.
    By the way, before the memo, this is what General Ayub Khan had to say on the politicians’ reaction on Liaquat’s death in his book, Friends not Masters:
    “…I met several members of the new Cabinet in Karachi–Prime Minister Khawaja Nazimuddin … and others. None of them mentioned Liaquat Ali’s name, nor did I hear a word of sympathy or regret from any of of them. Governor-General Ghulam Mohammad seemed equally unaware of the fact that the country has lost an eminent and capable Prime Minister…I wondered at how callous, cold-blooded, and selfish people could be…It seemed that every one of them had got himself promoted…It was disgusting and revolting…I got the distinct impression that they were all feeling relieved that the only person who might have kept them under control had disappeated from scene…” (quoted in: Cloughley , 1991, p.29)
    Some of this might be exaggerated because Ayub was no fan of the politicians and the book was written in his later years when he had an axe to grind from bringing disrepute to them but some it might be accurate too.
    Anyways, now the CIA memo:
    http://www.understandingpakistan.com/index.php/orignal-documents-memo-from-cia-on-liaquats-assasination/

    Results 1 to 10 of 1000 for your search for “Liaqat Ali Khan”
    http://www.ctpost.com/?controllerName=search&action=search&channel=news&search=1&inlineLink=1&query=%22Liaqat+Ali+Khan%22

    Pakistan: Partition and Military Succession
    Documents from the U.S. National Archives
    http://www.icdc.com/~paulwolf/pakistan/pakintrigue.htm#liaquat

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  2. Bhutto probe: More than enough blame
    By Syed Saleem Shahzad

    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has suspended eight police officials following the release of a United Nations report into the assassination of former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, but no action has been taken against any members of the military or intelligence agencies, even though the report implicates the military in the events surrounding Bhutto’s death on December 27, 2007.

    “The failure of the police to investigate effectively Ms Bhutto’s assassination was deliberate,” the report found.

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/LD21Df03.html

    Pakistan suspends officials named in UN report on Benazir Bhutto killing
    Senior police officer and interior ministry official among those removed from their jobs following inquiry into PM’s death
    The Guardian, Tuesday 20 April 2010
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/20/pakistan-benazir-bhutto-officials-suspended

    Will they do it?
    Tuesday, April 20, 2010
    By Rahimullah Yusufzai
    On the fifth day of the belated release of the United Nations Inquiry Commission’s report on Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, the government of her Pakistan People’s Party began taking action against the officials responsible for her security at the time of the tragedy. Newspapers termed the move as “swift,” but there was nothing quick about the measures ordered by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, because he and President Asif Ali Zardari didn’t do much during their two-year rule to investigate the murder and track down the killers. They acted only after the UN Commission identified the government functionaries who failed in their duty to protect the two-time prime minister and the PPP’s chairperson.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=235093

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  3. Musharraf’s close aide, PPP information secretary hold ‘secret’ meeting on UN report
    Islamabad, Apr.20 (ANI): Former President General Pervez Musharraf’s close aide Rashid Qureshi reportedly held a secret meeting with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab and discussed the UN enquiry commission’s report over former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, sources have revealed.

    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/04/20/musharrafsclose-aide-ppp-information-secretary-holdsec.html

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  4. Pak govt. committed to bring Benazir’s assassins to justice at any cost: Kaira

    Islamabad, Apr.20 (ANI): Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government is committed to bring the masterminds of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder to justice.

    Interacting with media persons after inaugurating a new building of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) here, Kaira said following the UN commission’s inquiry report, which blamed the then Musharraf regime of failing to provide adequate security cover to Bhutto, all those responsible for her assassination would be booked at any cost.

    http://www.24worldnews.com/pak-govt-committed-to-bring-benazirs-assassins-to-justice-at-any-cost-kaira/7622/

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  5. Musharraf must be brought back and tried in Benazir assassination case: Pak editorial

    Now, that the United Nations (UN) inquiry report over former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination is out and it clearly lays the blame on the then military ruler General Pervez Musharraf and his cronies, the time has come for the incumbent Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government to launch prosecution proceedings against the former President for the crime.

    http://www.littleabout.com/news/93566,musharraf-brought-benazir-assassination-case-pak-editorial.html

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  6. Action against Musharraf in Benazir case after ‘concrete’ evidence is found: Malik

    Islamabad, Apr.20 (ANI): Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that action against former President General Pervez Musharraf in the slain Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case would be taken after ‘concrete’ evidence is gathered against him.

    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/04/20/actionagainst-musharraf-in-benazir-case-afterconcr.html

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  7. UN Report on Bhutto Assassination Finds Skeletons in the Closet

    Posted by Animesh Roul on April 17, 2010. Filed under Internal Conflict & Crises, Pakistan.

    The UN Commission of Inquiry, appointed last year by the UN Secretary-General blamed then Pakistan government for providing insufficient and ineffective security arrangements which failed to protect the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Ms. Bhutto faced threats from terrorist groups that included Al-Qaida and Pakistani Taliban (TTP) and reports suggest that she had many enemies within the establishment too. This was coupled with prejudiced investigations by the authorities following her death.

    http://asiasecurity.macfound.org/blog/entry/111un_report_on_bhutto_assassination_finds_skeletons_in_the_cl/

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  8. Officials lose posts over Bhutto report: spokesman
    Tuesday, 20 Apr, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Several senior Pakistani police and intelligence officials have been removed from their posts after a damning UN report into the killing of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, officials said Tuesday.

    The United Nations investigation released Thursday found that Bhutto’s death in a gun and suicide attack in December 2007 could have been prevented, and that the authorities deliberately failed to properly investigate.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-officials+lose+posts+over+bhutto+report+spokesman–bi-01

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  9. Action against Musharraf on Bhutto murder after concrete evidence: Pak
    PTI, Apr 20, 2010, 06.08pm IST

    ISLAMABAD: As a UN panel blamed the then Musharraf regime for failing to provide effective security to slain ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan government has said it will take action against the former military ruler after concrete evidence is obtained in the matter.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Action-against-Musharraf-on-Bhutto-murder-after-concrete-evidence-Pak/articleshow/5836443.cms

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  10. BB assassinated for ending deal with Musharraf: Mumtaz
    Updated at: 1815 PST, Tuesday, April 20, 2010
    KARACHI: Sindh National Front chief Mumtaz Bhutto said Tuesday that former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had returned to Pakistan according to a deal she had made with Pervez Musharraf through United States and England. But she was assassinated as a result of ending the deal with Musharraf.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=103258

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  11. BB’s assassination spot washed on CPO’s order: DG Rescue
    Submitted 51 mins ago

    Dr Rizwan Naseer, Director General Rescue 1122 said on Tuesday that the then CPO Rawalpindi Saud Aziz had given out the order to wash the scene of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. Dr. Naseer was addressing a news conference at the Lahore Press Club upon the completion of 500,000 operations including 200,000 accident rescue operations since the inception of Rescue 1122 in October 2004. He said that Rescue 1122 had completed its inquiry of the sequence of events after Benazir Bhutto’s killing and that Rescue 1122 was not directly responsible for the washing of the assassination spot.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Regional/Islamabad/20-Apr-2010/BBs-assassination-spot-washed-on-CPOs-order-DG-Rescue

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  12. Punjab relieves all but one officer in Benazir’s probe
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Tuesday, 20 Apr, 2010

    LAHORE: The Punjab government has relieved all but one officer named in the United Nations inquiry commission on assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

    The provincial government is reluctant to relieve food secretary Irfan Elahi, who was the Rawalpindi district coordination officer (DCO) when the PPP chairperson was assassinated in Liaquat Bagh on Dec 27, 2007.

    It is learnt that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday requested Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to review the decision of Elahi’s surrender to save the ongoing wheat procurement drive in the province.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/lahore/un-report-on-benazirs-killing-punjab-relieves-all-but-one-officer-040

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  13. Musharraf never interviewed for UN report: Saif
    Karachi: Chairman of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), Muhammad Ali Saif said on Wednesday that former president Pervez Musharraf was never formally interviewed by the UN commission’s head Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz regarding the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

    While speaking to analyst Quatrina Hosain, Saif alleged that Munoz informally called on Musharraf and discussed Pakistan’s political situation with him and then left. He added that Munoz’ claims of having spoken to Musharraf about the Liaqat Bagh assassination are false.

    Speaking about the allegations leveled against Musharraf regarding insufficient security arrangements for Ms Bhutto, the APML Chairman said that there was a parliamentary, democratic government set up at the time, and the former president was, “not calling all the shots”.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/8207/musharraf-never-formally-interviewed-for-un-report-saif/

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  14. Thursday, April 22, 2010
    International
    Benazir Killing
    Musharraf may be quizzed
    Ani, Indo Asian News Service, Islamabad

    Amidst the rising demand for former President General Pervez Musharraf’s prosecution following the UN enquiry commission’s report over former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar has said that the ‘autocratic’ ruler may quizzed in the case.

    Babar said the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has asked Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to direct concerned authorities to take immediate step in this regard.

    “The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has already asked Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani to take action against all those involved including Musharraf,” The Daily Times quoted Babar, as saying.

    http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=135306

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  15. Reports of US involvement in assassination of Benazir Bhutto “outrageous”: Embassy Spokesman

    Islamabad: US embassy refuting media reports of US govt being involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has termed such reports as baseless and false.

    Embassy spokesman in a statement issued on Wednesday said The United States rejects the “outrageous” and “baseless” assertions made by Lt. Gen. (retd) Hamid Gul that the United States Government was involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto

    “The United States rejects and other false allegations regularly made by Lt. Gen. (ret) Gul about its policies and activities. At the time of Ms. Bhutto’s murder, the U.S. swiftly and publicly condemned the act and called for an independent investigation.

    Despite the fact that Mr. Gul gave no proof for his allegations against the United States, his statements were not challenged by any of the TV hosts who invited him to their programs. TV stations and the anchors have the same obligations as other journalists — to present the public with balanced views, to question unsubstantiated allegations by guests and to reject incitement”, the spokesman said.

    http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=161786

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  16. ‘UN holds Musharraf responsible for BB’s murder’
    Upadated on: 25 Apr 10 08:03 PM
    Staff Report

    KARACHI: Federal Minister Syed Khurshid Shah, talking to media after inauguration of Al-Mehran Family Park, said on Sunday that United Nations in its report held General Musharraf responsible for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

    http://www.samaa.tv/News19498-UN_holds_Musharraf_responsible_for_BBs_murder.aspx

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  17. PM constitutes committee to probe into hosing of
    Shaheed BB’s murder site

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has constituted a 3-member Fact Finding Committee headed by Mr. Abdul Rauf Chaudhry, Cabinet Secretary to determine whether the then Director General, Military Intelligence gave an order to the police official(s) for washing/ cleaning of the crime scene of the murder of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

    http://www.regionaltimes.com/25apr2010/frontpagenews/pmcontitutes.htm

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  18. Benazir assassination report submitted to PM
    By Express

    May 04, 2010

    Islamabad: The fact finding committee probing Benazir’s assassination formally submitted its report to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday.

    The members of the commission are: Abdul Rauf Chaudhary, Major General Sajjad Ghani and Fiaz Tore.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/10802/benazir-assassination-report-submitted-to-pm-gilani/

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  19. Hosing down of Benazir murder site FFC charges Pindi administration

    Tuesday May 04, 2010 (1258 PST)

    http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?227146

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  20. Benazir’s killers will not escape, Gilani tells NA
    By Raja Asghar
    Tuesday, 04 May, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Monday that Benazir Bhutto’s killers would not be allowed to escape justice, after an opposition walkout soured the opening of the newly empowered National Assembly’s pre-budget session.

    The premier also told the house he would announce on Tuesday a multi-party parliamentary commission to oversee the implementation of the landmark 18th Amendment, whose unanimous passage by both houses of parliament last month restored a genuine parliamentary democracy in the country.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/benazirs-killers-will-not-escape,-gilani-tells-na-450

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  21. Opp rejects Performance Report
    Published: May 04, 2010

    ISLAMABAD – Rejecting the two years Performance Report of the Government presented in the National Assembly on Monday, Opposition demanded to present the UN Commission Report on Benazir Bhutto’s assassination in the House.
    Speaking on the point of order, Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Ch. Nisar Ali Khan said the investigations of BB assassination were forwarded to UN with a resolution passed in the National Assembly and now it should be presented in the House. “ Federal Ministers are even confused on the Report. One says that it is incomplete while other terms it as a brief one. We want it to be in House”, Ch. Nisar said.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/04-May-2010/Opp-rejects-Performance-Report

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  22. Govt vows to expose Bhutto killers
    Tuesday, 04 May, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan vowed Tuesday to expose those involved in the conspiracy to assassinate Benazir Bhutto after a damning UN report said the former prime minister’s death was investigated inadequately.

    A meeting chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, and attended by cabinet ministers, reviewed progress made by a new fact-finding committee, the government said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-govt+vows+to+expose+bhutto+killers-hs-01

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  23. Kayani assures cooperation in Benazir murder case
    Tuesday, 04 May, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani during a meeting with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani assured him that the Pakistan Army will fully cooperate in the investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

    He added the government will be able to call upon the services of the intelligence agencies as well.

    According to government sources, this is the first time that on the behalf of the army, Kayani has assured the government of the cooperation.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-kayani+assures+cooperation+in+benazir+murder+case-hs-04

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  24. Rulers don’t want to nab BB’s killers, says Nahid
    By Our Staff Reporter
    Monday, 17 May, 2010

    LAHORE: Disgruntled couple of the PPP, Safdar Abbasi and Nahid Khan, have again expressed their disappointment over the progress of investigation into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

    Talking to reporters at the residence of a PPP worker here on Sunday, Nahid Khan said the people and history would never forgive ‘the rulers’ if the murderers of Ms Bhutto were not brought to justice.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/rulers-dont-want-to-nab-bbs-killers,-says-nahid-750

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  25. A ticking bomb
    Thursday, May 20, 2010
    I appreciate the concerns expressed by Shafqat Mahmood in his article “The UN report is a ticking bomb” (May 14). He rightly stated that that the UN Commission report on Benazir Bhutto’s murder would be used against Pakistan. However, I find his analysis based more on conjectures than any facts or reasoning. The murder of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is not an insignificant incident to be shelved in any thana. The PPP had demanded for a UN probe into her assassination, but the caretaker government declined to accept the demand and invited Britain’s Scotland Yard Police for investigation. When the PPP formed its government, it formally requested the UN for an investigation. Some people did object to this decision but the ruling party believed that an international inquiry was necessary for placing the facts in a correct perspective. It had a right to avenge the assassination of its leader.

    It may be pointed out that Pakistan is not the only country that has sought international inquiry in a murder. Recently the UN has been approached to investigate Guatemala’s lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg’s murder. One wonders how Mr Mahmood finds Mr Zardari’s decision to call for a UN probe to malign an institution which he heads by virtue of being president of the country.

    Abdul Hamid

    Lahore

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=240203

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  26. Life in Technicolour: Benazir Bhutto
    By Saba Imtiaz
    May 20, 2010

    KARACHI: Two years after former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Rawalpindi as she was greeting supporters after a rally, her image and memory looms large in public consciousness.

    The fourth member of the Bhutto family to have died in little over four decades, Benazir is still remembered by legions of political supporters and the world at large. While reams of words have been written about Benazir since December 27, 2007, she is now the focus of a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this January and is being released in the UK in June.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/14478/life-in-technicolour-benazir-bhutto/

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  27. Musharraf on Benazir Bhutto

    On Benazir Bhutto

    In a strong rebuttal Mr. Musharaff also criticised the findings of the recent United Nations report that had squarely blamed his government for failing to prevent the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

    Reacting to the allegation, the former President said, “I do not fully agree with this statement. In fact it was me who warned her about the threat to her. It was I who stopped her from going to that venue once before, to which lots of political aspersions were cast on me, that her movements are being restricted. But she decided to go again.”

    He went on to add that all the necessary security had been provided “within the Pakistani environment” and in fact Ms. Bhutto went to the venue safely, addressed the people for one hour safely and got into the car safely. “I think this comment is rather unfair,” he said.

    Mr. Musharaff also expressed support for the actions of the Pakistani government in closing down the social networking sites Facebook and YouTube within Pakistan. In that regard he said, “One has to obviously take some measures because people were agitating… You cannot have photographs of the Prophet, leave aside going for cartoons of the Prophet.”

    He also noted, “We must understand these are sensitive issues and for the sake of independence of media, liberty of speech, we cannot hurt sensitivities of millions of people. We must not do that. I am against that.”

    Keywords: Musharraf, Faisal Shahzad, Times Square bomb plot

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/international/article435426.ece

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  28. FIA files challan in BB murder case
    Upadated on: 26 May 10 10:04 PM

    Staff Report

    RAWALPINDI: Joint investigation team of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday submitted an interim challan regarding assassination of Benazir Bhutto in an anti-terrorism court.

    http://www.samaa.tv/News20427-FIA_files_challan_in_BB_murder_case.aspx

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  29. FIA blames TTP for Benazir murder
    By Mudassir Raja
    Thursday, 27 May, 2010

    RAWALPINDI: The Federal Investigation Agency submitted in a court here on Wednesday a supplementary investigation report on the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

    The report accuses the slain chief of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, Baitullah Mehsud, of masterminding the murder.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/fia-blames-ttp-for-benazir-murder-750

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  30. Indian Muslims not terrorists: Farah
    ….“It’s talking about diversity, and it’s talking about things that this country stands for. When we talk about the West, Muslims are part of the West. There are 30 million Muslims in Western Europe. There are millions of Muslims in America,” she said, adding that this is not a zero-sum game.

    “It’s not us versus them. It sort of debunks the entire Samuel Huntington theory of ‘The Clash of Civilizations’. It’s not the West versus the East. It’s not America versus Islam. The President has talked very clearly about the fact that Islam is part of America,” she said

    http://www.sananews.net/english/2010/07/11/indian-muslims-not-terrorists-farah/

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  31. UN rejects Pak objections over commission’s Benazir murder report
    New York, July 14 (ANI): United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has rejected Pakistan’s objections over the inquiry report submitted by its commission which probed the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
    Responding to the objections raised in a letter by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Ki-moon said he fully backs the UN’s three man committee which probed the December 2007 murder, and that it carried out its work ‘professionally’.

    The secretary general underlined that the commission, which was headed by Heraldo Munoz, Chile’s former UN ambassador, conducted its inquiry under the terms of reference (TOR) agreed to between the Pakistan government and the UN Secretariat, and noted by the Security Council.

    “The report painstakingly sets out the facts regarding the assassination and provides an extensive description of the circumstances around the crime,” The Daily Times quoted Ki-moon’s spokesman Farhan Haq, as saying.

    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/07/14/unrejects-pak-objections-over-commissions-benazir-murderr.html

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  32. FIA clears three in hosing of BB’s assassination site
    By Mohammad Asghar
    Saturday, 04 Sep, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: A joint investigation team (JIT) of the FIA set up to look into the hosing down of the place where former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated has absolved former ASP Syed Ashfaq Anwar, AIG (CID) Chaudhry Abdul Majeed and DCO Mohammad Irfan Elahi of responsibility in the incident.

    According to sources, the team has asked the interior ministry to remove their names from the Exit Control List (ECL).

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/hosing-down-of-bbs-assassination-site-fia-clears-3-officials-490

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  33. $11-Million Monument to Benazir Bhutto: APPROVED
    This week, as flood waters ravage Pakistan’s land and 20 million of its people, and after Pakistan’s own president, Asif Ali Zardari, managed to muster only $58,000 of his own vast wealth to the flood relief (a donation nearly doubled by Angelina Jolie), yet another devastating blow has hit Pakistan: news that the government has now approved an $11-million statue of the President’s assassinated wife, Benazir Bhutto.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shirin-sadeghi/benazir-bhutto-monument_b_710779.html

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  34. Benazir doesn’t need a monument
    By Kamran Shafi
    Tuesday, 14 Sep, 2010

    t was almost beyond belief to read only the other day that the federal government was going to build a monument to honour Benazir Bhutto of most fond memory, slated to end up costing up to Rs1bn after the inevitable cost overruns.

    And this while the floods are not yet done wreaking their havoc across our sorry country.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/kamran-shafi-benazir-doesnt-need-a-monument-490

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  35. Benazir murder investigation reveals terrorists linked to Baitullah

    New findings in the Benazir Bhutto murder case investigation revealed that the suicide bombers and facilitators were all students of Madrassa Haqqaniya, and were constantly in direct contact with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Chief Baitullah Mehsud.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/77618/benazir-murder-investigation-reveals-terrorists-linked-to-baitullah/

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  36. Movie review: ‘Bhutto’
    The documentary ‘Bhutto’ looks at the tragic life of Benazir Bhutto, her family and the political history of Pakistan.

    By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
    December 3, 2010

    Benazir Bhutto had a life that makes fiction pale by comparison. When writer Tariq Ali says, characterizing the tale of her charismatic but cursed family, “the whole story has strong elements of a Greek tragedy,” he is not telling the half of it.

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-bhutto-20101203,0,5183166.story

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  37. Pakistan orders arrests of police in Bhutto case

    By Kamran Haider

    ISLAMABAD | Sun Dec 5, 2010 2:42am EST

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has ordered the arrest of two senior police officers on allegations they failed to provide adequate security for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto before her 2007 assassination, a prosecutor said on Sunday.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B40GO20101205

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  38. Dec 27 marks 3rd death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto PDF Print E-mail
    ISLAMABAD, Dec 26 (APP): December 27 (Monday) marks 3rd death anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, who became the first woman leader of a Muslim nation in modern history.According to a private news channel, different caravans and trains from every part of the country are on way to Ghari Khuda Bakhsh (Sindh), native town of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto with a large number of her devotees on-board to pay tribute to the unflinching leader of Pakistan at her grave on Monday.Benazir Bhutto was the first woman elected to lead a Muslim state and had the honour of being twice Prime Minister of the country (1988-1990 & 1993-1996).
    Benazir Bhutto was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who ruled the country from 1971 until 1977. She was born in Karachi on June 21, 1953. She attended the Lady Jennings Nursery School and Convent of Jesus and Mary in Karachi. After two years of schooling at the Rawalpindi Presentation Convent, she was sent to the Jesus and Mary Convent at Murree. She passed her O-level examinations at the age of 15. She then went on to complete her A-Levels at the Karachi Grammar School.
    After completing her early education in Pakistan, she pursued her higher education in the United States. From 1969 to 1973, she attended Radcliffe College at Harvard University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree.

    http://app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=125799&Itemid=2

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  39. No reason to celebrate
    Huma Yusuf
    (15 hours ago) Today

    BHUTTO, a documentary about Benazir Bhutto`s life, recently opened in the US to gushing reviews. The film sidesteps allegations of corruption, and instead revives the feminist mythology of the former prime minister`s first term. Interviewees describe her as the first female head of a Muslim state, the woman who succeeded despite the fact that her parents mourned her gender at her birth.

    http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/26/no-reason-to-celebrate.html

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  40. BB’s death anniversary: Over 5,000 security men deployed
    NAUDERO: Over 5,000 policemen, Rangers and intelligence officers have been deployed to provide security during the third death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto.

    Scores of party office-bearers and activists are likely to attend Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Benazir Bhutto’s anniversary, scheduled to be held at Garhi Khuda Buksh on Monday, December 27.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/94961/bbs-death-anniversary-over-5000-security-men-deployed/

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  41. Benazir murder case: Two police officers added to investigation team

    ISLAMABAD: Two senior police officers have been included in a joint investigation team of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) currently investigating the Benazir Bhutto assassination case.

    Sources in the interior ministry confirmed that DIG (Operations) Islamabad Bani Amin and SP Karachi Rao Anwar Ahmed have been made part of the investigation team. A notification has been issued by the ministry to this effect, the sources added.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/95052/benazir-murder-case-two-police-officers-added-to-investigation-team/

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  42. Arrest warrant issued for former Pakistan President
    English.news.cn 2011-02-13 13:44:36

    BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhuanet) — A Pakistan court has issued an arrest warrant against former President Pervez Musharraf in connection with the murder of former leader Benazir Bhutto. A spokesman for Musharraf says the charges are baseless, but that the former President will face court, if he formally receives a charge.

    An anti-terrorism court has ordered the former president to appear in the court in the garrison city of Rawalpindi next Saturday.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/video/2011-02/13/c_13730038.htm

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  43. Pakistan Will Assist Court Over Arrest Warrant for Musharraf
    February 12, 2011, 6:32 PM EST

    By Paul Tighe

    Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) — Pakistan’s government will assist courts seeking to implement an arrest warrant for former military leader General Pervez Musharraf, the Information and Broadcasting Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said.

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-02-12/pakistan-will-assist-court-over-arrest-warrant-for-musharraf.html

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  44. Benazir assassination: Musharraf will not comply with warrant, says spokesman
    By AFP / Express
    Published: February 12, 2011

    RAWALPINDI: Former president Pervez Musharraf will not comply with a warrant for his arrest issued by a court in Pakistan over the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, his spokesman in London said Saturday.

    “No, he won’t be going back for this hearing,” Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesman for Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League party, told AFP, adding that the warrant was “totally ridiculous.”

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/117853/bb-assissination-arrest-warrant-issued-for-musharraf/

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