The assassin who shot Benazir Bhutto seems to have been identified from photos. His gun has been identified as a Steyr M. Following leads, an investigative team including detectives from Scotland Yard has identified and arrested several accomplices in Swabi, a town in the North West Frontier Province bordering Afghanistan. Musharraf’s previously declared commitment to cooperating with Scotland Yard and solving the Bhutto murder appears to have been confirmed.
Earlier the Pakistani government had tied the assassination to Baitullah Mehsud’s organization, notably intercepting his congratulations on the successful jihad murder.
The government released a transcript 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. The government did not release an audiotape.
Mehsud’s spokesman denies he had anything to do with it. The spokesman denied that Mehsud even knows how to shoot a gun, since he prefers to spend his time on macramé. Okay, I made up that last sentence just to see if it was any more absurd than the previous one. It isn’t. Seriously, who believes anything that Jihadist terrorists say? They don’t speak to communicate the facts. They speak to advance their 4GW program. To them all speech is warfare, so everybody listening had better be on defense. This means you, dear reader.
Musharraf also claimed he never disliked Benazir Bhutto though he often disagreed with her, especially for her habit of frequently moving goalposts.
Sunday’s issue of Parade magazine is causing controversy for the Bhutto interview, which is its cover story, because of overly sensitive readers. In a posthumously published interview that she gave before being killed Benazir Bhutto said that the first time she ever heard of Osama bin Laden it was because he had given $10 million to the ISI to overthrow her government.
Bilawal Bhutto, Benazir’s 19 year old son and heir-in-waiting for leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party, warned from London that Pakistan would disintegrate if free elections for parliament were not held (or, presumably, if lots of PPP candidates were not elected). He then headed back to Oxford college, of which he stated “When I am at Oxford I hope that I can be left alone.”
Benazir Bhutto’s sister in law, the widow of Bhutto’s brother who was gunned down in mysterious circumstances while Bhutto was premier, has proposed that Bilawal should leave the Pakistan People’s Party and join her political party, the Pakistan People’s Party-Shaheed Bhutto.
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