Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Assassination Stay updated with Business News, Pakistan news, Current world news and latest world news with Business Recorder.. Sun, 01 Feb 2015 11:32:45 +0000 SRA Framework 2.0 en-gb Pakistan to mark five years since Benazir Bhutto murder APP09-26LarkanaLARKANA: Pakistan marks the fifth anniversary of the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on Thursday, with her son expected to launch his political career with a speech in the family's ancestral home town.


Benazir, twice elected prime minister, was killed in a gun and suicide attack after an election rally in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007. No one has ever been convicted of her murder.


Thousands are expected to gather at the family mausoleum at Larkana in the southern province of Sindh and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Benazir and of President Asif Ali Zardari, is to make his first major public speech.


With a general election due in the spring, analysts say the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) is eager to introduce a third generation of the dynasty to the public.


"It appears to be the formal launching of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari into politics," political analyst Hasan Askari told AFP.


"Bilawal has symbolic value in the Bhutto family and Zardari would like this link to be used as symbolism in the election."


Though the 24-year-old Bilawal will be too young to stand if elections go ahead as expected in the spring -- the lower age limit is 25 -- Askari said he could provide a fresh new figurehead for the PPP campaign.


Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said the country should "shun prejudices and maintain unity" to pay homage to Benazir.


"Let us resolve to defeat the forces of extremism and terrorism and work for the progress and prosperity of the country," he said in a statement.


Bilawal, co-chairman of the PPP with his father, in May accused former President Pervez Musharraf of "murdering" his mother by deliberately sabotaging her security.


A UN report in 2010 also said the murder could have been prevented and accused Musharraf's government of failing to protect Bhutto properly.


Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012


]]> (Imaduddin) Assassination Thu, 27 Dec 2012 05:18:02 +0000
Murder of Benazir Bhutto bb-assassinationDecember 27, 2007, marks a tragic day for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). That was the unfortunate day when Benazir Bhutto was killed while leaving a campaign rally of her party at Liaquat National Bagh in the run-up to the January 2008 parliamentary elections. Benazir was standing out from the sunroof of her bullet-proof vehicle to wave to the crowds.

Just then, a gunman fired shots at her followed by explosions near the vehicle killing approximately 20 people. Bhutto was critically wounded and was rushed to Rawalpindi General Hospital. She was taken into surgery at 17:35 local time, and pronounced dead at 18:16.

The cause of death, whether it was due to gunshot wounds, the explosion, or a combination of both, was not fully determined until February 2008. Eventually, Scotland Yard investigators concluded that she was tossed by the blast and suffered blunt force trauma, which led to her death.

Al-Qaeda commander Mustafa Abu al-Yazid claimed responsibility for the attack, and the Pakistani government stated that it had proof that Baitullah Mehsud, affiliated with Lashkar e Jhangvi, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group, was the mastermind. However, this was vigorously disputed by the Bhutto family, the PPP and Mehsud himself.

On 12 February 2011, an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi issued an arrest warrant for Musharraf, claiming he was aware of an impending assassination attempt by the Taliban, but did not pass the information on to those responsible for protecting the PPP leader.

A number of riots erupted following the assassination, resulting in approximately 20 deaths, including three police officials. President Musharraf announced a three-day period of mourning.

Benazir's 19-year-old son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari succeeded his mother as titular head of the PPP, with his father effectively running the party until his son completes his studies.


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]]> (Fakir Syed Iqtidaruddin) Assassination Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:40:06 +0000
Cause of death benazir-yellowBenazir Bhutto's cause of death has been an issue of much debate. Some say perhaps she would be considered a martyr if she died by gunshot, but not if she died by hitting her head following an explosion. Others have asserted that the arguments against a death by gunshot were intended to blunt criticism that she was not adequately protected.

Initial reports based on Pakistani Interior Ministry information reported that Benazir was killed by a gunshot wound to the neck. Rehman Malik, the then security adviser for Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), suggested that the killer opened fire as she left the rally and that he hit her in the neck and chest before he detonated the explosives he was wearing.

Javed Cheema, an interior ministry spokesman, stated that her injuries were caused either by her having been shot or from pellets packed into the detonated bomb that acted as shrapnel.

On 28 December, however, the cause of Benazir's death became less clear. Pakistan's Interior Ministry announced that they now felt her death was as a result of a neck fracture sustained when she ducked or fell into her vehicle and hit the sunroof catch immediately after the gunshots, but later reported her cause of death as a skull fracture.

According to an Associated Press report, the Ministry stated "Bhutto was killed when she tried to duck back into the vehicle, and the shock waves from the blast knocked her head into a lever attached to the sunroof, fracturing her skull". The Ministry further added, in contradiction of the official hospital account, that Bhutto suffered no gunshot or shrapnel injuries and that all gunshots missed her.

PPP spokesperson Farhatullah Babar rejected claims that Bhutto's death was caused by an accident. Benazir Bhutto’s lawyer and a senior official in the party, Farooq Naik, said that the report was "baseless" and "a pack of lies". He went on to support the view that the cause of death was two bullets hitting Bhutto in the abdomen and the head. An anonymous Toyota official also rejected the notion that she could have even hit the lever based on its location in her Toyota Land Cruiser.

In statements made to Pakistan's The News, Mohammad Mussadiq Khan, one of the doctors who treated Bhutto at Rawalpindi General Hospital, described severe and depressed skull fractures, oval in overall shape, on the right side of Bhutto's head. He apparently saw no other injuries and downplayed the possibility of bullet wounds, although he had previously spoken of them. One anonymous doctor said that Pakistani authorities took Bhutto's medical records immediately after her death, and that they told doctors to stop talking.

On 31 December, Athar Minallah of the Rawalpindi General Hospital released a statement (described as "clinical notes") signed by seven persons involved in Benazir's treatment at the hospital. These persons were not pathologists and did not conduct a formal autopsy. The statement first narrates the course of treatment, from her arrival at the hospital until she was declared dead. The second part of the statement details the head wound and notes that "Detailed external examination of the body did not reveal any other external injury".

X-rays had been taken of the head wound and were interpreted in the statement. The cause of death was declared to be "Open head injury with depressed skull fracture, leading to cardiopulmonary arrest".

According to The Washington Post, the crime scene was cleared before any forensic examination could be completed and no formal autopsy was performed before burial. Doctors had asked permission to perform an autopsy, but this request was denied by the Rawalpindi chief of police. According to the BBC, Brigadier Cheema claims: "We gave you absolute facts…corroborated by the doctors' report," and that Pakistan would allow her body to be exhumed. Bhutto's husband later confirmed that he had denied a request for an autopsy to be conducted citing fears the report would be manipulated.

On 1 January 2008, Pakistan's Interior Ministry backtracked on its statement that Benazir Bhutto had died from hitting her head on the sunroof latch. Ministry spokesman, Javed Iqbal Cheema said that the ministry would wait for forensic investigations before making a conclusion on Bhutto's cause of death.

On 8 February 2008, investigators from Scotland Yard concluded that Benazir Bhutto died after hitting her head as she was tossed by the force of a suicide blast, not from an assassin’s bullet. In the report, UK Home Office pathologist Dr. Nathaniel Cary said that while a gunshot wound to her head or trunk could not be entirely excluded as a possibility, "the only tenable cause for the rapidly fatal head injury in this case is that it occurred as the result of impact due to the effects of the bomb-blast."

The findings were consistent with the Pakistani government’s explanation of Bhutto’s assassination, an account that had been greeted with disbelief by Benazir’s supporters.



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]]> (Fakir Syed Iqtidaruddin) Assassination Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:20:54 +0000
Benazir’s funeral benazir-funeralBenazir Bhutto's funeral occurred on the afternoon of 28 December 2007. Her body was moved from Chaklala Airbase in Rawalpindi to Sukkur Airport at 1:20 am on that day. Both her children and her husband travelled with her body.

Earlier, they reached Chaklala Air Base by a special flight to get her body. Mourners from all over Pakistan converged in Larkana to take part in the funeral ceremony for the former Prime Minister.

The family delivered the body to its site of burial via helicopter.

Benazir Bhutto was laid to rest beside her father, founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, in the family tomb.


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]]> (Fakir Syed Iqtidaruddin) Assassination Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:12:40 +0000