MORE PICS & Video – Man Shooting Bhutto Disputes Brigadier Cheema Account & Confirms Close aide Sherry Rehman; Death Premonition; Action Rioters
On Sunday, Mr Musharraf agreed to consider international help for a probe into Ms Bhutto's death in a conversation with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown,
The Election Commission, which meets on Monday, said on Saturday its offices in 11 districts in Sindh province in the south of the country had been burned and voting material including electoral rolls destroyed. Security fears in two north-western regions also raised doubts about voting there, it said. US President George W. Bush urged Pakistanis to hold the vote but White House officials said it was up to
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'Despite this dangerous situation, we will go for elections, according to her will and thinking,' said Ms Bhutto's widower Asif Ali Zardari, made co-chairman of the PPP party with their son Bilawal from the Bhutto home in Naudero, southern Pakistan. However, an official of the former ruling party backing Mr Musharraf said: 'It seems more than likely that elections will be delayed.' The party of Pakistani opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, who like Ms Bhutto is a former prime minister, said it was likely to abandon plans to boycott the poll after the PPP decision. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said he was planning to see Mr Musharraf in the next 48 hours. Mr Kouchner said he hoped to 'try ... to apply pressure for the election to take place - on what date, I don't know, it's not up to us to say'. But, voicing several diplomats' fears, he added: 'But elections must take place in calm conditions.'
Dispute over death
Mr Zadari rejected a government explanation that his wife was killed when the force of an explosion that engulfed her bullet-proof car smashed her head into a lever on the sunroof as she ducked when shots were fired. The PPP, which says she was killed by a gunman, has said the government must also show hard evidence Al-Qaeda is to blame. Accused Al-Qaeda-linked militants have denied any role but others issued threats against Ms Bhutto when she returned in October. A suicide attack on her motorcade then killed at least 139 people.
ABOVE & BELOW: A young man in dark glasses who later appears to shoot at Bhutto. Close behind him, the man in the WHITE: scarf (both men circled) was, it is suggested, the suicide bomber
A Pakistani television channel broadcast on Sunday grainy still pictures (ABOVE) of what it said appeared to be two men who attacked and killed Ms Bhutto, one firing a pistol. Ms Bhutto had hoped to win power for a third time in the January vote though analysts expected a three-way split between her, Mr Sharif's party and the party that backs Mr Musharraf.
'It has been decided that Bilawal (Right) will be the chairman and Mr (Asif Ali) Zardari (left) will be co-chairman,' a
Bhutto’s assassination in a suicide attack on Thursday has stoked violence and thrown into doubt the Jan. 8 election, deepening a crisis in the important
It has been decided that Bilawal will be the chairman and Mr (Asif Ali) Zardari will be co-chairman,' one of the party officials said in the southern town of
Anger against Musharraf
Anger against Musharraf burns strongly among Bhutto supporters and since her death sporadic violence has erupted, boosting fears about nuclear-armed
Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party has dismissed a government statement that Al-Qaeda killed her, saying Mr Musharraf's embattled administration was trying to cover up its failure to protect her. -- REUTERS= = == = == == =
Musharraf cracks down on rioters
Police confront protesters in
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has ordered firm action to crack down on unrest following the death of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. Mr Musharraf said looters "must be dealt with firmly and all measures be taken to ensure [the] safety and security of the people". Some 38 people have died in violence that has broken out since Ms Bhutto was assassinated on Thursday. Meanwhile, her party has rejected the government's explanation of her death. A government spokesman said her head was slammed against her vehicle by the force of a bomb - but colleagues said she died from bullet wounds. Troops have been deployed onto the streets to try to quell the violence that has broken out since Ms Bhutto's death. The shells of burned cars littered the deserted streets of Ms Bhutto's home city of
Troops have been deployed onto the streets to try to quell the violence that has broken out since Ms Bhutto's death. The shells of burned cars littered the deserted streets of Ms Bhutto's home city of
Election in doubt
Nine election offices in Ms Bhutto's home
The government, meanwhile, stood by its account of Ms Bhutto's death. Interior ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema said on Friday that she was killed when the force of the bomb blast knocked her head against a fitting on her vehicle. A surgeon who treated her, Dr Mussadiq Khan, said earlier she may have died from a shrapnel wound, while her aides insisted she was killed by two bullets, one of which pierced her head. A spokeswoman for her Pakistan People's Party accused the government of trying to minimise its responsibility for Ms Bhutto's safety, and said the official account was "dangerous nonsense".
But Brigadier Cheema said: "We gave you absolute facts... corroborated by the doctors' report." He said Ms Bhutto's family was free to exhume her body for a post mortem if it saw fit. Ms Bhutto was buried on Friday at her family's marble mausoleum. Brig Cheema also said
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KARACHI - BENAZIR Bhutto was shot in the head, a close aide who prepared her body for burial said on Saturday, dismissing as 'ludicrous' a government theory that she died after hitting her head on a sunroof during the suicide attack.
ABOVE: Sherry Rehman was in the car behind Ms Bhutto Benazir when Bhutto was shot. Ms Rehman did not see the attacker.
Ms Sherry Rehman a spokesman for Ms Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party and close aide, was in the car behind her at the end of a political rally when an attacker fired shots at the opposition leader and then blew himself up. Security officials said after the assassination on Thursday that Ms Bhutto had been shot in the neck and head. But on Friday, the government said she died when the force of the blast smashed her head on a sunroof lever. 'She has a bullet wound at the back of her head on the left side. It came out the other. That was a very large wound, and she bled profusely through that,' said Ms Rehman, who suffered a severe whiplash and leg injuries as the blast threw her out of her car.
'She was even bleeding while we were bathing her for the burial,' she added. 'The government is now trying to say she concussed herself, which is ludicrous. It is really dangerous nonsense.' Ms Rehman said the government had denied Ms Bhutto the security measures she had been asking for. 'It's sad, but it looks like an attempt at either at a cover up or absolving themselves from responsibility, or both,' she said. Ms Rehman did not see the attacker, and was looking the other way just prior to the attack as she and a colleague suddenly noticed they were surrounded by unfamiliar faces. 'We were seeing people who were unfamiliar suddenly wearing Bhutto badges,' she said. – REUTERS= == = == == = == = == =
Bhutto killing blamed on al-Qaeda
Ms Bhutto's death and the ensuing violence raised concerns that this nuclear-armed nation, plagued by chaos and the growing threat from Islamic militants even before the killing, was in danger of spinning out of control. The government blamed Ms Bhutto's killing on al-Qaida militants operating with increasing impunity in the lawless tribal areas along the border with
The government released a transcript on Friday of a purported conversation between militant leader Baitullah Mehsud and another militant. 'It was a spectacular job. They were very brave boys who killed her,' Mehsud said, according to the transcript. Mr Cheema described Mehsud as an al-Qaeda leader who was also behind the
Mr Cheema announced the formation of two inquiries into Ms Bhutto's death, one to be carried out by a high court judge and another by security forces. She was killed on Thursday evening when a suicide attacker shot at her and then blew himself up as she left a rally in the garrison city of
Killed by blast
But Mr Cheema said she was killed when she tried to duck back into the armoured vehicle during the attack, and the shock waves from the blast smashed her head into a lever attached to the sunroof, fracturing her skull, he said. He showed reporters a videotape of the attack, which showed Ms Bhutto waving, smiling and chatting with supporters from the sunroof as her vehicle sat unmoving on the street outside the rally. Three gunshots rang out, the camera appeared to fall and the video, which Mr Cheema said was filmed by authorities, then stopped. Denying charges the government failed to give her adequate security protection, Mr Cheema said it was Ms Bhutto who made herself vulnerable and pointed out that the other passengers inside Ms Bhutto's bombproof vehicle were fine. 'I wish she had not come out of the rooftop of her vehicle,' he said.
Ms Bhutto's death plunged the nation deep into turmoil less than two weeks before parliamentary elections and sparked deadly rioting that killed at least 33 people, according to an Interior Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media. Rioters in the southern city of
A shootout between rioters and police wounded three officers, police said. Another six people suffocated to death in Mirpurkhas, about 300 kilometres northeast of
Troops sent into streets
Desperate to quell the violence, the government sent 16,000 troops into the streets of
'We have orders to shoot on sight,' he said. Many cities were nearly deserted as businesses closed and public transportation came to a halt at the start of three days of national mourning for Ms Bhutto. Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro said the government had no immediate plans to postpone Jan 8 parliamentary elections, despite the violence and the decision by Nawaz Sharif, another opposition leader, to boycott the poll. 'Right now the elections stand where they were,' he told a news conference. The
Ms Bhutto's death left her populist party without a clear successor. Her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who was freed in December 2004 after eight years in detention on graft charges, is one contender to head the party although he lacks the cachet of being a blood relative from the Ms Bhutto clan's political dynasty. -- AP, AFP= == = == == == = == = == =
Watch the Vido Clip 2 Min 44 s) - Man who shot Bhutto, the Burial & the Rioting & looting continues
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