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Pakistani Intelligence Gets an ‘F’ on Bhutto

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Posted on Apr 16, 2010
Benazir Bhutto
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Benazir Bhutto arrives at rally in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi on Dec. 27, 2007, the day of her assassination.

A new report by the United Nations blames Pakistan’s intelligence services for not taking the proper security measures to protect Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister assassinated three years ago in an ongoing whodunit.

The Guardian:

Pakistan’s intelligence services have been condemned in a devastating report by a United Nations inquiry into the assassination three years ago of the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The report, published last night, failed to identify who was behind the assassination but concluded that Bhutto’s death could have been avoided if proper security measures had been in place. It also claimed that the Pakistan police lied to a Scotland Yard forensic team that was called in to help.

However, aides to former President Pervez Musharraf angrily dismissed the report.

“There were two assassination attempts on President Musharraf by the same suicide squads that killed Benazir Bhutto. Are we saying that Mr Musharraf was responsible for the assassination attempts on himself?” said Rashid Qureshi, the former president’s spokesman. “It’s very strange. There’s no logic behind this.”

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