Benazir Bhutto Died of Head Trauma, U.K. Investigators Say

February 08, 2008 01:00 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A Scotland Yard investigation into the cause of Benazir Bhutto’s death concurs with the Pakistani government's report. Her party disputes the findings.

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Detectives from Scotland Yard released a report today that said Benazir Bhutto probably died of a head injury from a bomb blast, not from a bullet. The investigators stated that some doubt as to cause of death will remain as a full autopsy was never performed.

The Pakistani People’s Party, the party led by former Pakistani Prime Minister Bhutto, is calling for further investigation. The PPP suspects that the Pakistani government may be concealing evidence.

A day earlier, after Islamic rituals commemorating the 40th day since Bhutto's death, her husband Asif Ali Zardari gave a speech promising “revenge and a change to the status quo.”

The address came the same day as a report from the Pakistani Interior Ministry saying Pakistani police had arrested two suspects in connection with Bhutto’s murder.

Victoria Schofield, a lifelong friend of Bhutto’s, accompanied her on her return to Pakistan after years of exile in Dubai. Riding along with the former president on an open-deck bus, Schofield said in an interview with BBC’s Radio 4 that, with regards to resuming the top Pakistani political post, Bhutto had “the feeling that she had passed to the next stage of her life.”

This echoes the words of Bhutto’s memoir “Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West,” due to be released on Feb. 12. “We had, of course, been discouraged from returning. Musharraf had told me in private meetings and conversations that I should come back only after the elections he was planning.” According to the Times of London, she was putting the last touches on her book at the time of her Dec. 27 assassination.

Headline Links: Scotland Yard Investigation rules with Pakistan authorities

Background: Two more arrested in connection with Bhutto’s assassination

Reactions: Asif Ali Zardari as PPP candidate

Historical Context: Pakistan People’s Party

Key Players: Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari

Benazir Bhutto (1953–2007)
Asif Ali Zardari
The Bhutto dynasty

Opinion & Analysis: The return of Benazir Bhutto

Related Topics: ‘On the Campaign Trail … in Pakistan’

Reference: Benazir Bhutto's memoir


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