ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's charismatic leader Benazir Bhutto was shot dead on Thursday when gunmen opened fire at her vehicle just before a suicide bomber blew himself up at a election rally addressed by her in Rawalpindi, killing more than 20 people and injuring several others.
Reports said that five bullets were fired, one of which pierced her neck. The 54-year-old leader of Pakistan People's Party was rushed to Rawalpindi general hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Rahman Malik, the PPP chairperson's security advisor, said some persons fired at Bhutto's vehicle before the suicide attacker blew himself up.
"At 6:16 pm, she expired," said Wasif Ali Khan, a PPP member, who was at the hospital, said.
She is survived by her husband Asif Ali Zardari and two children.
Blown up or shot twice in the neck?
I watched it, almost live, reported as a bomb by BBC World then reported as two shots in the neck by Fox News.
The gravity of Bhutto's demise we have yet to surmise. Thailand and the world slumbers as the nuclear nations of Asia play politics with car bombs and faked news.
Updates as they come.
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Pakistani former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated in a suicide attack.
Ms Bhutto had just addressed an election rally in Rawalpindi when she was shot in the neck by a gunman who then reportedly set off a bomb.
At least 15 other people died in the attack and several more were injured.
President Pervez Musharraf and his government called on people to remain calm so that the "nefarious designs of terrorists can be defeated."
Ms Bhutto had twice been the country's prime minister and had been campaigning ahead of elections due in January.
Nawaz Sharif, also a former prime minister and a political rival, told the BBC her death was a tragedy for "the entire nation".
"I can't tell you what the feelings of the people of Pakistan are today," he told BBC News 24 after returning from the hospital where she was brought.
It was the second suicide attack against Benazir Bhutto in recent months and comes amid a wave of bombings targeting security and government officials.
Ms Bhutto's death has plunged her party into confusion and raised questions about whether January elections will go ahead as planned, the BBC's Barbara Plett in Islamabad says.
The PPP has the largest support of any party in the country.
Analysts note that Rawalpindi, the nerve centre of Pakistan's military, is seen as one of the country's most secure cities, making the attack even more embarrassing for the government of Gen Musharraf.
Scene of grief
The explosion occurred close to an entrance gate of the park in Rawalpindi where Ms Bhutto had been speaking.
Wasif Ali Khan, a member of the PPP who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital, said she died at 1816 (1316 GMT).
Supporters at the hospital began chanting "Dog, Musharraf, dog", the Associated Press (AP) reports.
Some supporters wept while others exploded in anger, throwing stones at cars and breaking windows.
Police confirmed reports Ms Bhutto had been shot in the neck and chest before the gunman blew himself up.
Mr Sharif said there had been a "serious lapse in security" by the government.
Earlier on Thursday, at least four people were killed ahead of an election rally he himself had been preparing to attend close to Rawalpindi.
Return from exile
The killing was condemned by the US, the UK, Russia and France.
"The attack shows that there are still those in Pakistan trying to undermine reconciliation and democratic development in Pakistan," a US state department official said.
UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband said he was "deeply shocked" by Ms Bhutto's death and called for "restraint but also unity".
"Extremist groups... cannot and must not succeed," he added.
Russia called on Pakistan's leaders to ensure stability while France spoke of an "odious" act and said it was deeply concerned.
Ms Bhutto returned from self-imposed exile in October after years out of Pakistan where she had faced corruption charges.
Her return was the result of a power-sharing agreement with President Musharraf in which he granted an amnesty that covered the court cases she was facing.
Since her return relations with Mr Musharraf had broken down.
On the day of her return she led a motor cavalcade through the city of Karachi. It was hit by a double suicide attack that left some 130 dead.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s ex-Prime MinPakistan's ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto waves to her supporters at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007 Ms Benazir Bhutto was killed after succumbing to her injuries in an apparent suicide attack at the Pakistan Peoples Party rally in Rawalpindi Thursday.
Initial reports say that Ms Benazir Bhutto and PPP information Secretary Ms Sherry Rehman were severely injured at a blast soon after she finished her address to a public rally at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi.
The attacker struck while Ms Bhutto was leaving the venue and the blast severely damaged her vehicle, Interior ministry Spokesman Brig (Retd) Cheema has been quoted as saying.
Ms Benazir Bhutto breathed her last Thursday after being seriously injured in a bomb blast in Liaqat Bagh after addressing a public rally, hospital and interior ministry sources said.
Several people were also killed in an apparent suicide attack at the public rally by former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto at Liaqat Bagh, police said. The blast occurred soon after the rally ended and Ms Bhutto had left the venue.
Eye witnesses report a large plume of black smoke preceded by a loud bang that shattered windows of the nearby buildings.
[Shots to the neck do NOT shatter glass, they shatter bone. atm]
The blast occurred at the exit gate of Liaqat Bagh, as soon as Bhutto’s vehicle left the venue. Interior Ministry sources said it was too early to determine the nature of the blast, however said the evidence suggested that it could be a suicide attack.
Police and Rescue 1122 vehicles rushed to the scene and the dead and injured were taken to nearby District Headquarters Hospital.
An earlier report had said that Ms Benazir Bhutto was killed Thursday in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally, aides said.
"The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred," Bhutto's lawyer Babar Awan said.
A party security adviser said Ms Bhutto was shot in neck and chest as she got into her vehicle to leave the rally in Rawalpindi near the capital Islamabad. A gunman then blew himself up.
"At 6:16 p.m. she expired," said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto's party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital where she was taken after the attack.
People smashed the glass door at the main entrance of the emergency unit, others burst into tears. One man with a flag of Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party tied around his head was beating his chest.
[Yeah, yeah. atm.]
At least 20 others were killed in the blast that took place as Bhutto left a political rally where she addressed thousands of supporters in her campaign for Jan. 8 parliamentary elections.
Ms Bhutto served twice as Pakistan's prime minister between 1988 and 1996. She had returned to Pakistan from an eight-year exile on Oct. 18.
Her homecoming procession in Karachi was also targeted by a suicide attacker, killing more than 140 people. On that occasion she narrowly escaped injury.
Born on June 21, 1953 in Karachi, Ms Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to be a Prime Minister of the Muslim world. She was twice elected Prime Minister of Pakistan.
After completing her early education in Pakistan, Ms Bhutto pursued her higher education in the United States. From 1969 to 1973, she attended Radcliffe College, and then Harvard University, where she obtained a B.A. degree in comparative government.
Between 1973 and 1977, Ms Bhutto studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She completed a course in International Law and Diplomacy while at Oxford.
Ms Benazir had returned to Pakistan on October 18 this year after ending her exile since in 1998.
Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack after a rally in the city of Rawalpindi on Thursday, her party said.
”She has been martyred,” said party official Rehman Malik.
Ms Bhutto, 54, died in hospital in Rawalpindi. Ary-One Television said she had been shot in the head. Police said a suicide bomber fired shots at Bhutto as she was leaving the rally venue in a park before blowing himself up. “The man first fired at Bhutto’s vehicle. She ducked and then he blew himself up,” said police officer Mohammad Shahid. Police said 16 people had been killed in the blast.
[But no one else got shot? atm]
Earlier, party officials said Bhutto was safe.
A Reuters witness said he saw bodies on a road as well as a mutilated human head.
A suicide bomber killed nearly 150 people in an attack on Bhutto on Oct. 18 as she paraded through the southern city of Karachi after returning home from eight years in self-imposed exile.
Her killing triggered international condemnation [only after minutes of it?! atm] and some safe-haven buying of gold, with futures in the commodity rallying to a one-month high.
Benazir Bhutto itimidated by suicide bombers,’ Bhutto wrote in the Financial Times
[Huh? FFS! atm]
The US State Department condemned the attack as undermining national reconciliation in Pakistan.
[Join the RDX / .50 cals. atm]
A top Russian diplomat said the killing of Bhutto could trigger a wave of terror in Pakistan. “An act of terror is a bad sign,” Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov, Russia’s most senior Asia diplomat, told Itar-Tass news agency. “We hereby offer our condolences. This will for certain trigger a wave of terrorism.”
Gold and government bonds rose while US stock futures fell on the news.
Gold rallied to a one-month high, reaching $834.70 an ounce. Analysts said the shock of the Bhutto news triggered a classic capital flight to assets which are considered as safe havens in times of geopolitical stress.
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack at a campaign rally that also killed at least 20 others, aides said.
Bhutto's supporters erupted in anger and grief after her death, attacking police and burning tires and election campaign posters in several cities. At the hospital where she died, some smashed glass and wailed, chanting slogans against President Pervez Musharraf.
The death of the charismatic 54-year-old former prime minister threw the campaign for the Jan. 8 parliamentary elections into chaos and created fears of mass protests and violence across the nuclear-armed nation, an important U.S. ally in the war on terrorism.
Musharraf convened an emergency meeting with his senior staff where they were expected to discuss whether to postpone the election, an official at the Interior Ministry said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.
No one claimed responsibility for the killing. But suspicion was likely to fall on resurgent Islamic militants linked to al Qaida and the Taliban who hated Bhutto for her close ties to the Americans and support for the war on terrorism.
A local Taliban leader reportedly threatened to greet Bhutto's return to the country from exile in October with suicide bombings.
[A CIA signature, or are we misled, yet again? atm]
The attacker struck just minutes after Bhutto addressed thousands of supporters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, 8 miles south of Islamabad. She was shot in the neck and chest by the attacker, who then blew himself up, said Rehman Malik, Bhutto's security adviser.
[Odd opus mop. atm]
Sardar Qamar Hayyat, a leader from Bhutto's party, said he was standing about 10 yard away from Benazir Bhutto's vehicle at the time of the attack.
``She was inside the vehicle and was coming out from the gate after addressing the rally when some of the youths started chanting slogans in her favor. Then I saw a smiling Bhutto emerging from the vehicle's roof and responding to their slogans,'' he said.
``Then I saw a thin, young man jumping toward her vehicle from the back and opening fire. Moments later, I saw[b] her speeding vehicle going away,'' he added.
Bhutto was rushed to the hospital and taken into emergency surgery. She died about an hour after the attack.
``At 6:16 p.m., she expired,'' said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto's party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital.
``The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred,'' Bhutto's lawyer Babar Awan said.
[Because surgeons are experts in martydom. atm]
Bhutto's supporters at the hospital exploded in anger, smashing the glass door at the main entrance of the emergency unit. Others burst into tears. One man with a flag of Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party tied around his head was beating his chest.
``I saw her with my own eyes sitting in a vehicle after addressing the rally. Then, I heard an explosion,'' Tahir Mahmood, 55, said sobbing. ``I am in shock. I cannot believe that she is dead.''
Many chanted slogans against Musharraf, accusing him of complicity in her killing.
``We repeatedly informed the government to provide her proper security and appropriate equipment ... but they paid no heed to our requests,'' Malik said.
As news of her death spread, angry supporters took to the streets in the northwestern city of Peshawar as well other areas, chanting slogans against Musharraf. In Rawalpindi, Bhutto's supporters burned election posters from the ruling party and attacked police, who fled the scene.
In Karachi, shop owners quickly closed their businesses as supporters from Bhutto's party burned tires on the roads.
Nawaz Sharif, another former premier and opposition leader, arrived at the hospital and sat silently next to Bhutto's body.
``Benazir Bhutto was also my sister, and I will be with you to take the revenge for her death,'' he said. ``Don't feel alone. I am with you. We will take the revenge on the rulers.''
Speaking to the BBC, Sharif also questioned whether to hold the elections.
``I think perhaps none of us is inclined to think of the elections,'' he said. ``We would have to sit down and take a very serious look at the current situation together with the People's Party and see what we have to do in the coming days.''
Hours earlier, four people were killed at a rally for Sharif when his supporters clashed with backers of Musharraf near Rawalpindi.
Bhutto's death will leave a void at the top of her party, the largest political group in the country, as it heads into the parliamentary elections. It also fueled fears that the crucial vote could descend into violence.
Pakistan is considered a vital U.S. ally in the fight against al-Qaida and other Islamic extremists including the Taliban. Osama bin Laden and his inner circle are believed to be hiding in lawless northwest Pakistan along the border with Afghanistan.
In Washington, the State Department condemned the attack.
``It demonstrates that there are still those in Pakistan who want to subvert reconciliation and efforts to advance democracy,'' deputy spokesman Tom Casey said.
The United States has for months been encouraging Musharraf to reach an accommodation with the opposition, particularly Bhutto, who was seen as having a wide base of support in Pakistan. Her party had been widely expected to do well in next month's elections.
Educated at Harvard and Oxford universities, Bhutto served twice as Pakistan's prime minister between 1988 and 1996. Her father, who also served as prime minister, was executed in 1979 two years after his ouster in a military coup.
Bhutto had returned to Pakistan from an eight-year exile on Oct. 18. On the same day, she narrowly escaped injury when her homecoming parade in Karachi was targeted in a suicide attack that killed more than 140 people.
At the scene of Thursday's bombing, an Associated Press reporter saw body parts and flesh scattered at the back gate of the Liaqat Bagh park, where Bhutto had spoken. He counted about 20 bodies, including police, and could see many other wounded people.
Police cordoned off the street with white and red tape, and rescuers rushed to put victims in ambulances as people wailed nearby.
The clothing of some victims was shredded and people put party flags over their bodies. Police caps and shoes littered the asphalt.
Hundreds of riot police had manned security checkpoints around the venue. It was Bhutto's first public meeting in Rawalpindi since she came back to the country.
In November, Bhutto had also planned a rally in the city, but Musharraf forced her to cancel it, citing security fears.
In recent weeks, suicide bombers have repeatedly targeted security forces in Rawalpindi, where Musharraf stays and the Pakistan army has its headquarters.
[This 'reportage' is GCSE Grade F. Work it out for yourselves.]
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Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:55 pm Post subject:
Suspicion falls on Islamic extremists in Bhutto's death
(CNN) -- Suspicion swirled around Islamic extremists Thursday as news spread that former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had been assassinated.
Vehicles burn moments after an October 18 bomb attack against Benazir Bhutto's motorcade in Karachi, Pakistan.
No group immediately claimed responsibility, but security experts noted that extremists had threatened the Pakistani opposition leader, viewed as a moderate voice for democratic reform.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said the killers were the same extremists his country has been battling. He vowed he would not rest until they are tracked down.
President Bush blamed "murderous extremists who are trying to undermine Pakistan's democracy" and said authorities must bring them to justice.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband also pointed to "extremist groups."
Several groups had something to gain from Bhutto's death, said Vince Cannistraro, a 27-year CIA official who ran the agency's counterterrorism operations from 1989 to 1991.
"Clearly al Qaeda and Islamic fundamentalists had expressed hatred toward her," Cannistraro said. "They would be No. 1 on the list."
Bhutto returned to Pakistan on October 18 after eight years in self-imposed exile. Bombers attacked her convoy after her arrival, killing at least 140 of her supporters. Bhutto blamed al Qaeda and the Taliban for that attack.
Extremists opposed Bhutto for her links to democratic Western countries.
The method of Thursday's attack provided some initial clues, Cannistraro said.
"Don't forget that this was a suicide bombing," he said. "That's a technique we have seen used by the Taliban and al Qaeda."
Musharraf viewed Bhutto as a political rival and stood to gain by her departure from Pakistani politics, he said.
Musharraf had struck a deal with Bhutto for him to retain the presidency and her to assume the prime minister's job, but that agreement appeared to crumble. In November, Bhutto criticized Musharraf for squelching democracy when he declared a state of emergency.
Regardless of who is behind the attack, many Pakistanis will suspect that Musharraf or his security forces played a role in Bhutto's death, said Christine Fair, an expert on the nuclear-powered country and senior political scientist at the Rand Corp. in Washington.
"No one's going to believe that in some measure -- either actively or passively -- that he was not involved in this," Fair said. "This is going to be his undoing."
After the bomb attack on her convoy in October, Bhutto blamed the Pakistani government for reducing security around her house.
"I began to feel the net was being tightened around me when police security outside my home in Karachi was reduced, even as I was told that other assassination plots were in the offing," she wrote in a November 4 commentary for CNN.com.
Nevertheless, Fair said she suspects Islamic extremists.
Another opposition leader, Nawaz Sharif, may have gained by Bhutto's departure from the Pakistani political stage. He and Bhutto were united, Cannistraro said, at least in their opposition to Musharraf.
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Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:58 pm Post subject:
Here comes the "analysis".
Analysis: Pakistan crisis could put premium on experience
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) -- Even though it happened half a world away, the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan could have an effect on the campaign in Iowa.
John McCain touted his foreign policy experience while on the campaign trail in Iowa on Thursday.
It could put the spotlight on international issues. And it could highlight the importance of experience, as the candidates go into the final stretch before the Iowa caucuses on January 3.
Before the crisis, "outsiders are in" and "it's the economy, stupid" were becoming the conventional wisdom about the 2008 campaign.
But the news of Bhutto's assassination suddenly adds a new dimension to the campaign. Candidates on Thursday were touting their foreign policy credentials.
"I'm the one with the experience, the knowledge and the judgment, so perhaps it may serve to enhance those credentials or make people understand that I've been to Waziristan. I know [Pakistani President Pervez] Musharraf," Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain told CNN.
"This fall, I twice urged President Musharraf to provide better security for Ms. Bhutto and other political leaders,'' Joe Biden, Democratic candidate and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Thursday.
The crisis gave former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani an opportunity to call attention to his signature issue -- 9/11.
"America feels a connection because of the attacks that took place here. It reminds us we have to redouble our efforts in that part of that world. We have to be on the offense in the war on Islamic terrorism," Giuliani said in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Populist candidates and outsiders seemed to be gaining momentum in this campaign: Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic race, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on the Republican side.
But the international crisis gives their opponents an opening. Suddenly, experience matters.
"Our next president will be sworn in on January 20, 2009, at noon. Waiting on that president's desk in the Oval Office will be problems that are incredibly difficult, that present challenges to our leadership in the world," Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton said in Lawton, Iowa.
Other candidates will challenge their experience, as Obama did recently when he asked about Clinton's influence as first lady. "If you are saying this is your relevant experience, we should know what decisions you were involved with in the White House," Obama said.
When asked by CNN what he though of Giuliani's ability to handle the situation in Pakistan, McCain said, "I don't know. I know he doesn't have any experience there."
But experience and knowledge of the world may now loom larger in this campaign.
"I believe people have a sense of, and are increasingly getting a sense of, who's grown up and responsible, who is really, actually ready, to sit behind that desk and make decisions," Biden said.
In primaries, voters often want to make a statement. A crisis like this serves to remind them that they're also choosing a leader.
Telling you what to think before you even think it.
Might not be so incredible after all, bri. After reading the article below, I think it's very possible that Benazir Bhutto misspoke and actually meant to say "Daniel Pearl", not OBL, since Omar Sheikh is the person blamed for his murder.
Osama's handling officer was incharge of Benazir's security http://in.rediff.com/news/2007/oct/19raman.htm
Osama's handling officer was incharge of Benazir's security
October 19, 2007
According to latest reports, at least 132 persons -- 20 of them police officers deputed to protect former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto [Images] -- were killed in a suspected suicide attack on the convoy by which she was being taken from the Karachi airport to the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah on the night of October 18. The suicide attack or attacks were clearly aimed to kill her on arrival in Karachi to a triumphant welcome by her supporters, but she managed to escape.
Reliable sources say one or two suicide bombers were involved. The bullet-proof vehicle by which she was being taken by her supporters was protected by two cordons of security guards. The inner cordon consisted of security guards engaged by her Pakistan People's Party parliamentarians to protect her. Many of them were former policemen and ex-servicemen enjoying her and her party's confidence. The outer cordon consisted of officers of the Sindh police and plainclothes security officers of Pakistan's Intelligence Bureau, which is now headed by Brig Ejaz Shah, a former officer of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, who is a close personal friend of Gen Pervez Musharraf [Images] and Gen (retd) Mohammad Aziz, a Kashmiri officer belonging to the Sudan tribe who orchestrated the overthrow of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister in October 1999.
Shah is also a close personal friend of many Punjabi leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League (Qaid e Azam), which is opposed to Benazir's return.
According to these sources, the suicide bomber or bombers managed to penetrate the security cordon of the police and IB officers without being frisked, but could not penetrate the inner cordon of security guards of the PPP. When stopped, they blew themselves up at a distance from her vehicle. At the time of the explosion, she had gone inside the vehicle to rest for a while. This seems to have contributed to her miraculous escape. Had she been standing on top she might have been injured, if not killed.
There are many elements in Pakistan, and in Karachi itself, which are opposed to her and are determined to prevent her return to power. These include the various jihadi terrorist groups, Al Qaeda [Images] and its allies, those involved in the kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl and the supporters of Dawood Ibrahim [Images], the Indian mafia leader who has been given shelter in Karachi by the Pakistani intelligence agencies. The anger against her is due to various reasons -- the fact that she is a woman, her close proximity to the US and her open statements supporting the US on various issues. They see her as the US cat's paw. It is difficult to say at present who might have been responsible for the attack on her.
Brig Ejaz Shah has been strongly criticised by Benazir and her supporters for the security failure and they have demanded his removal and arrest. When he was in the ISI, he used to be the handling officer of Osama bin Laden and Mulla Omar, the amir of the Taliban. After Musharraf seized power in October 1999, he had Shah posted as the home secretary of Punjab. It was to him that Omar Sheikh, who orchestrated the kidnapping and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, surrendered because Omar Sheikh knew him before and was confident that Ejaz Shah would see that he was not tortured.
After Pearl's murder, there were many allegations regarding Shah's role. Musharraf tried to protect him by sending him as the ambassador to Australia or Indonesia. Both the countries reportedly refused to accept him. Musharraf then made him the DG of IB and he saw to it that the death sentence against Omar Sheikh for his role in the Pearl case was not executed. The courts have been repeatedly postponing hearings on the appeal filed by Omar Sheikh against the death sentence.
Ejaz Shah played an active role in the campaign to discredit Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Caudhury of the Pakistan Supreme Court after he started calling for the files of a large number of missing persons who were taken into custody by the police and the intelligence agencies. Reliable sources in Pakistan reported that Gen Pervez Kiani, who was the DG of ISI at the time of the suspension of the Chief Justice, was against the suspension but Musharraf suspended him on the advice of Ejaz Shah and Maj Gen Nadim Taj, who was at that time head of the Directorate-General of Military Intelligence. Maj Gen Taj has since been promoted as Lt Gen and has succeeded Kiyani as the DG of ISI.
While the ISI under Kiyani refused to file any affidavit against the suspended Chief Justice before the court, the IB and the DGMI filed affidavits giving details of all the information which their organisations had indicating the alleged unsuitability of the Chief Justice to head the Supreme Court.
Despite the political embarrassment caused by the case, which ended in a fiasco, Ejaz Shah continues to enjoy Musharraf's total confidence.
(The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The interviewer seems uninterested in this statement.
Yes, THAT is the "incredible" part. _________________ "Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets." ~Travis Bickle
So in my opinion, the killer was a Lone Gunman, much like Lee Harvey Oswald. ~gg
IF none of this is planted disinfo: (I sent this link out to others, thought I'd copy it here)
Recall that Gen. Mahmoud Ahmad of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was caught by Indian Intell after he wired over $100k from Pakistan to the Sept.11 hijackers in Florida, through some intermediary. This was just after George Tenet, Porter Goss (R ), and Bob Graham (D) had flown to India and Pakistan on a secret mission that was not publicized through normal media channels. They met with Intelligence counterparts in India, and presumably met with Intell counterparts (ISI) when they flew to Pakistan.
Background: All three are Intelligence professionals and two on Intell Committees in House and Senate. Porter Goss served CIA in the early anti-Cuba operations like Operation 40, Mongoose, and the Bay of Pigs, and in other Caribbean covert ops, before he fell ill and almost died, some say from mishandling some Biowarfare cocktail. Bob Graham has longstanding links to CIA extending to childhood, having gone to school with some of them.
Sen. Bob Graham's brother Phillip Graham was formerly aide to CIA founder, Wild Bill Donovan, before he bought the Washington Post. Upon Graham's death by suicide, his wife Katherine took over the Washington Post. It has long served as a CIA conduit for Cold War propaganda for Frank Wisner's (another childhood friend) Operation Mockingbird, and subsequent use, like falsely "debunking" Gary Webb on CIA drug trafficking, later confirmed with excuses by CIA's IG.
According to Alex Constantine (Mockingbird: The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA), in the 1950s, "some 3,000 salaried and contract CIA employees were eventually engaged in propaganda efforts.
Ben Bradlee of the Post, also a childhood friend of top CIA members, married the sister (Toni) of JFK's lover Mary Pinchot, who was divorced from "liberal" CIA Cold Warrior Cord Meyer. Mary Pinchot was shot and killed by a mysterious mugger, but not robbed or raped, while jogging, shortly after JFK's death. Case unsolved, a black man who was tried was acquitted. Cord Meyer, on his deathbed, stated that he knew who killed his wife, but did not speak their names (too obvious). Upon Mary's death, Toni called infamous CIA agent James Jesus Angleton (nicknamed "mother" for his role in CIA's clandestine ops), and told him of Mary's diary. Angleton went to Mary's house, found the diary, and burned it.
Mary was also allegedly in close contact with Timothy Leary, who wrote that he supplied her with LSD to turn on JFK and others, although it was alleged he was also related to CIA's admitted MKULTRA program, which dosed both witting and unwitting citizens with LSD to see how it could be used as a mind control weapon or incapacitant. CIA rented safe houses (whore houses) in San Fran and NY to lure in citizens for these experiments, as well as using universities, hospitals, and prisons, according to fmr CIA Director Stansfield Turner.
Although it does not say so here, Allen Dulles co-founder of the CIA was a close associate of Prescott Bush, and involved in covert financing of the Third Reich, while he and his brother served as corporate lawyers for Nazi and Wall Street business concerns.
Gen. Ahmad got on a plane after Intell left Pakistan, or flew with them, and landed in Washington DC, to spend 8 days with the Intelligence community, to "talk about terrorism". Cong. Porter Goss, later made CIA Director by Bush, suggested that there be no finger-pointing on the Sept 11 failures, despite the fact of him having breakfast with Ahmad while everyone watched the Twin Towers go up in flames on TV. When this news of financing the alleged hijackers erupted a few weeks later from India tracing of cell calls, and after FBI confirmed the story, Condoleeza Rice brushed aside the lone question from an Indian reporter, saying she had not heard anything at all. There was no followup in the US media or Intelligence on Pakistan. Ahmad was demoted, or dismissed, and placed in some safe house under supervision, but never tried nor imprisoned, to the best of my knowledge.
Since then, Bush has awarded the Musharraf govt greatly, with nuclear weapons technology and free money, in a manner reminiscent of the FBI Anti-Terrorism director who got promoted after Sept 11, after he ordered that no agent follow up on terrorist dealings in Chicago and other cities prior to Sept 11, as reported by Robert Wright, Colleen Wiley on the cover of Time, and a dozen other FBI and other military officers like Anthony Schaffer of Able Danger. - GG
Recall that Gen. Mahmoud Ahmad of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was caught by Indian Intell after he wired over $100k from Pakistan to the Sept.11 hijackers in Florida, through some intermediary.
This strikes me as very probable disinfo. It's not like the Indian Intell has been all that cozy with Pakistan. India and Pakistan have been hostile neighbors for a long time. It's very plausible that this was just an effort to smear Pakistan. Not that I have any special love for the ISI per se, but I don't trust Indian Intell on something like this.
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