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Musharraf Deflects Blame in Bhutto Killing

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Posted on Jan 3, 2008
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The Musharraf show:  Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf talks to his country Jan. 2 about Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, announcing that he has requested that Scotland Yard look into her Dec. 27 murder in Rawalpindi.

Addressing international reporters Thursday in Islamabad, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said he and his administration have nothing to hide with regard to the Dec. 27 assassination of Benazir Bhutto; rather, Musharraf said Bhutto took risks at the Rawalpindi rally that made her vulnerable to attack.


The New York Times:

He denied that he was unpopular in the country and dismissed the accusation from Ms. Bhutto’s party that he was delaying parliamentary elections by six weeks to give his people time to rig them. He said he wanted elections as soon as possible, to create an elected government that could unite the country and help fight terrorism.

“There is no complicity” in Ms. Bhutto’s killing, he said. “Would I or the government be the maximum gainer from doing this? Or would there be someone else who would gain more?”

He said that in the past three months there had been 19 suicide bombings by the militant leaders Baitullah Mehsud and Maulana Fazlullah. Most of the attacks were against military and intelligence targets, he said, calling it a “joke” to suggest that the military and intelligence agencies would be using the same people who were attacking them for their own ends.

“No intelligence organization of Pakistan is capable of indoctrinating a man to blow himself up,” he said.

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 5, 2008 at 8:34 am Link to this comment

President in Taliban clothing

By jatihoon, January 5: “Pervez Musharraf, has nothing to hide, but his hyde, from the lynching mob…”

The British police team there “assisting” in the investigation will be part of Mushie’s coverup, jatihoon, if the previous actions of the British government are any guide.

They loudly condemned the person who made the cellphone video of Saddam’s execution but not the execution. They were compelled to sidetrack their own investigation into the BAE fighter aricraft and arms scandal of paying millions in bribes and kickbacks to Saudi sheikhs and princes - even to the extent of crawling in their own parliament.

There are no morals left in this game. Even the posts by A Khokar which so hypocritically mouth mouth platitudes of Love for all, Hatred for none are merely those of one of the region’s armed forces waging a propaganda campaign, uhh.

Addtionally, the British government-owned BBC has been found to have censored a recent interview with benazir Bhutto by David Frost in which she states clearly that Osama Bin Laden was murdered by Omar Sheikh. That must have been in 2001 or 2002 as he has been in custody in Pakistan since February 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/1804710.stm

That statement of BB’s has been erased although their are more complete versions still on the net. See mine and gerd berliner’s comments and the links he supplied, January 4, “BBC censored Bhutto’s remark” at http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080101_musharraf_still_stands/ and at my posts re “Hamsa Bin Laden, Omar Sheikh” at http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080101_what_good_time_charlie_brought/

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By jatihoon, January 5, 2008 at 8:06 am Link to this comment

Pervez Musharraf, has nothing to hide, but his hyde, from the lynching mob..

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By A Khokar, January 4, 2008 at 5:19 am Link to this comment

Since an impartial investigation team from Scot Land yard is very much present there in Pakistan. Medical report is already there. If need be Bhutto’s body, by all means can be exhumed and a full post mortem carried out.

They say that in any murder case; ‘Dead body never tells a lie’.
Let us wait and see.

Bhutto is now dead. This business of speculation that how he died may make us land no where except that it distracts the attention required to chase the actual culprits

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By Douglas Chalmers, January 4, 2008 at 4:00 am Link to this comment

In the latest video analysis, it can be seen that Benazir Bhutto slumped straigt down after being shot. The explosion happened after she was completely inside the vehicle and so her head never came into contact with the sun window handle or anything else.

Additionally, there was an interview with a security guard, himself wounded, who confirmed that BB was shot in the head (behind her left ear). The video was from outside the vehicle and directly next to it and looking up straight at Benazir Bhutto’s face. On slow replay, everything became obvious.

The implications for the Musharraf regime are significant in that there has been a deliberate cover-up and it has been proved that everything the authorities have said is false. In other words, the regime had arranged her assasination!!!

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By A Khokar, January 4, 2008 at 3:57 am Link to this comment

The time will certainly tell that who killed Bhutto?  But this is undeniable fact that we tend to put blame on the people that we hate the most. Some body said and I quote:

“There is no credible evidence that anyone other than Oswald killed JFK. But many intelligent people believe otherwise. The Irish like to think that the English had a hand in the IRA murder of Michael Collins. Blacks like to think that the FBI and not the Black Muslims were the guiding hand behind the assassination of Malcolm X. We tend to fix blame not on the guilty but on the people we hate the most.”
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By A Khokar, January 4, 2008 at 3:46 am Link to this comment

He has proved that he is a man who knows how to remain stead fast against all the odds. He carries a vision for his country. After his take over, (few years back that the circumstances forced him to do); he gave a programme to his countrymen. He had his vision to educate them; train them and make them ready to embrace a true democracy required for country and face the world. He is a patriot son and has lived by his words. He has done a lot for the country and achieved a lot including free vibrant economy,  strong Armed Forces and creating a free and responsible media. As per programme; he is handing over the rein of the country to the civilian country fellows… through proper democratic elections.
Even in the fields of war against terror; which was not his choice he has done a tremendous job! The unfortunate event of 9/11 had forced him to accept US terms but even then he has lived to his words against all the odds till today.

The tragic incident of Benazir Bhutto assassination is drastic set back for Pakistan. There are forces pitched against this country to see it go down…and see it ditched. But it is country of 195 millions hardy, sun browned, brave Pakistanis. Pakistan will certainly come out of this.
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