PAKISTAN

What killed Benazir Bhutto?

The Pakistani Home Minister has just concluded a press conference in which he insisted that Benazir Bhutto was not killed by a bullet. He said that her skull was smashed when she tried to duck back into the vehicle to protect herself. The minister also said that he has evidence to prove that the attack was carried out by Al Qaida. Our Observer in Karachi, Zaheer Alam Kidvai, gives his reaction to the news. Video of the attack broadcast this afternoon on Dawn TV

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The Pakistani Home Minister has just concluded a press conference in which he insisted that Benazir Bhutto was not killed by a bullet. He said that her skull was smashed when she tried to duck back into the vehicle to protect herself. The minister also said that he has evidence to prove that the attack was carried out by Al Qaida. Our Observer in Karachi, Zaheer Alam Kidvai, gives his reaction to the news.

Video of the attack broadcast this afternoon on Dawn TV

This evidence needs to be examined carefully. We must keep in mind that the authorities want to rule out any rumours that suggest they were behind the attack, or at least that they did nothing to help avoid it. If Bhutto was shot, then it would be the government's fault that she wasn't properly protected. It's more difficult to get close to someone with a gun than to let off a bomb. I don't think Musharraf is behind it all, of course, but I don't see any real evidence that she wasn't killed with a bullet either. The video doesn't convince me of that. And it's the same doctor yesterday who assured us that she was wounded at the neck who tells us today that she had no wounds at all, just a fractured skull. We'll wait and see, but let's not jump to any conclusions."

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