Bhutto's Party Rejects UK Police Findings
Benzir Bhutto's party rejected the Scotland Yard finding Friday alleging Bhutto was killed by a bomb rather than a bullet, and they renewed their call for a full-scale investigation into her death.
The British investigators report found the former's prime ministers death on December 27, 2007 was caused by a fatal head injury when the force from a suicide bomber caused her to be thrown against a lever on the roof of her armored vehicle. It was ruled out her head injury may have been caused by a bullet.
The investigation confirmed shots were taken, as seen a television, however found they were not the cause of her death and that one assailant was responsible.
The Pakistan government announced similiar findings soon after Bhutto's killing at the end of a political rally in Rawalpindi.
According to the The Boston Globe (in a report released from The Associated Press), Bhutto supporter's rejected the 2 1/2 week long investigation. Her party, the Pakistan Peoples Party, insist Bhutto was killed by a bullet.
Bhutto had accused President Pervez Musharraf's allies of trying to kill her. The Scotland Yard report is being called into question by the party as a potential government coverup. Musharraf had rejected the PPP call for a UN inquiry and invited the Scotland Yard to investigate Bhutto's death.
"We disagree with the finding on the cause of the death," said Sherry Rehman, spokeswoman for the PPP, who escorted Bhutto to hospital after the attack. "She died from a bullet injury. This was and is our position."
"This gives us all the more reason for a United Nations probe to know the perpetrators, financiers, sponsors and organizers of the this crime," she said. "We are looking for more than the hand that pulled the trigger."
The United States views the Scotland Yard findings as credible according to Tom Casey, State Department spokesman.
The response of Bhutto's party suggested the British report alone would not calm the political storm surrounding her death as the nation prepares for the parliamentary elections, which were postponed for six weeks, on Feb. 18.