Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The main suspects


Richard Moore

Original source URL:

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The main suspects

By Jeremy Page

Global Research, December 27, 2007
The Times

The main suspects in Benazir Bhutto¹s assassination are the Pakistani and 
foreign Islamist militants who saw her as a heretic and an American stooge and 
had repeatedly threatened to kill her.

But fingers will also be pointed at Inter-Services Intelligence, the agency that
has had close ties to the Islamists since the 1970s and has been used by 
successive Pakistani leaders to suppress political opposition.

Ms Bhutto narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in October, when a suicide 
bomber killed about 140 people at a rally in the port city of Karachi to welcome
her back from eight years in exile.

Earlier that month, two militant warlords based in Pakistan's lawless 
northwestern areas, near the border with Afghanistan, had threatened to kill her
on her return.

One was Baitullah Mehsud, a top commander fighting the Pakistani army in the 
tribal region of South Waziristan. He has close ties to al Qaeda and the Afghan 

The other was Haji Omar, the ³amir² or leader of the Pakistani Taleban, who is 
also from South Waziristan and fought against the Soviets with the Mujahideen in

After that attack Ms Bhutto revealed that she had received a letter signed by a 
person who claimed to be a friend of al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden threatening to
slaughter her like a goat.

She accused Pakistani authorities of not providing her with sufficient security 
and hinted that they may have been complicit in the bomb attack. Asif Ali 
Zardari, her husband, directly accused the ISI of being involved in that attempt
on her life.

Mrs Bhutto stopped short of blaming the Government directly, saying that she had
more to fear from unidentified members of a power structure that she described 
as allies of the ³forces of militancy².

Analysts say that President Musharraf himself is unlikely to have ordered her 
assassination, but that elements of the army and intelligence service would have
stood to lose money and power if she had become Prime Minister.

The ISI, in particular, includes some Islamists who became radicalised while 
running the American-funded campaign against the Soviets in Afghanistan and 
remained fiercely opposed to Ms Bhutto on principle.

Saudi Arabia, which has strong influence in Pakistan, is also thought to frown 
on Ms Bhutto as being too secular and Westernised and to favour Nawaz Sharif, 
another former Prime Minister.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of 
the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre for Research on 

To become a Member of Global Research

The CRG grants permission to cross-post original Global Research articles on 
community internet sites as long as the text & title are not modified. The 
source and the author's copyright must be displayed. For publication of Global 
Research articles in print or other forms including commercial internet sites, 
contact: •••@••.•••

www.globalresearch.ca contains copyrighted material the use of which has not 
always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such 
material available to our readers under the provisions of "fair use" in an 
effort to advance a better understanding of political, economic and social 
issues. The material on this site is distributed without profit to those who 
have expressed a prior interest in receiving it for research and educational 
purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes other than "fair 
use" you must request permission from the copyright owner.

For media inquiries: •••@••.•••

© Copyright Jeremy Page, The Times, 2007
© Copyright 2005-2007 GlobalResearch.ca

Posting archives: 

Escaping the Matrix website: http://escapingthematrix.org/
cyberjournal website: http://cyberjournal.org

How We the People can change the world:

Community Democracy Framework: 

Moderator: •••@••.•••  (comments welcome)