It took more than two years and millions of dollars of a developing country, whose citizens are still deprived of basic necessities of life, to release investigative report on Benazir Bhutto’s assassination by UN. In December 2007 she was killed while campaigning in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi. The cause of death is still a mystery whether it was bullet shot or a wound in skull after the suicidal blast. The much awaited UN report has been highly critical for the government and it condemned a series of catastrophic security failures leading to her death.
The three UN investigators who conducted a nine-month inquiry, headed by Chile’s UN Ambassador Heraldo Munoz, believe the failure to effectively examine Bhutto’s death was ‘deliberate’. It called on the Pakistani authorities to carry out a “serious, credible criminal investigation that determines who conceived, ordered and executed this heinous crime of historic proportions” and bring those responsible to justice.
A closer look on this hefty 65 pages report revealed that it is a description of events that took place before and after her assassination, like an exercise to find facts only. The place of blast was washed within couple of hours which causes the loss of evidence too. The UN report quotes in point 106, 107 that the blast appeared just over two-thirds of a second after Ms Bhutto disappeared from view but later on in point 190 it summarizes the cause of death in following words “Ms Bhutto died of a severe head injury caused by impact in the area of the escape hatch lip as a result of the blast”.
If blast occurred soon after Ms disappeared from view how it could be the reason of her death, especially when every other person in the car remains safe?
Chaudhry Mohummad Aslam, one of Bhutto’s protocol officers, said Bhutto was left to the mercy of her assassins by her security chief. He also blames the bullet proof black Mercedes which mysteriously escaped from the venue few minutes after the suicide blast. Here is his interview to Duniya TV explaining the details.
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The UN report also has reservations & points out the mysterious black Mercedes and its role when the assassination took place. It was the backup car of BB’s fleet but the way it disappears from the venue makes it suspicious. According to the UN report
“Riding in the black Mercedes-Benz car was the driver, PPP official Mr Faratullah Babar in the front passenger seat and, in the rear passenger seat from left to right, two PPP officials Mr Babar Awan and Mr Rehman Malik and General (ret) Tauqir Zia”
It is now a moral obligation for the ruling party to find the facts and investigate in a way that the culprits could not run away.
Image: Moin Ansari