Benazir Bhutto, 1953-2007
As was observed over at BrianKaneOnline on the day of her assassination, the blame for Benazir Bhutto’s death appears more and more likely (though it seems there was little reason ever to doubt) to rest at the feet of Pakistan’s president Pervez Musharraf and his government. Early conflicting reports as to the cause of death (“She was shot.” “No, it was shrapnel.” “No, she hit her head.”), combined with new video appearing to show Bhutto being shot, render the government’s explanations absolutely not credible.
That no autopsy was conducted, either because of the actions of the Rawalpindi police chief, or the request of Bhutto’s husband, only raises more questions. Either way, I agree with Mr. Zardari in not trusting the Pakistani government to conduct one honestly. Because of the cloud Benazir Bhutto’s murder places over an already precarious Pakistan, an international investigation, including a family-approved exhumation and autopsy, must be conducted. To honor Mrs. Bhutto and her memory, and for her family and the Pakistani people, the world deserves to know the truth.
Our government, and others, must demand an international investigation. Now.