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Who Killed Bhutto?
by IOL (reposted)
Friday Dec 28th, 2007 7:25 AM
ISLAMABAD — The assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto less than three months of her return from a eight-year, self-imposed exile has sent shockwaves across Pakistan.
The question everybody seems to be asking is; Who killed Bhutto?

"There are multiple forces, which could be behind this tragedy," Talat Hussein, an Islamabad-based senior political analyst, told IslamOnline.net.

He says that Ms Bhutto had before pointed a finger of accusations at forces within the government and pro-Al-Qaeda militants.

This was the second assassination attempt on Bhutto in a row during last two months.

She escaped an assassination attempt on October 18 in Karachi on her return to homeland after eight years of self exile.

Some 150 people were killed and 500 injured in that terrorist attack.

Bhutto had blamed people in "position of power" of plotting the blasts with her husband pointing the finger squarely at a Pakistani intelligence agency.

"The investigators should keep these two points in view while investigating into this gruesome incident," said Hussein.

Bhutto is the second prime minister of Pakistan to have been assassinated.

The country's first Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated
in 1951 in Rawalpindi at a public meeting.

No clue to his murder has so far been found.

Ablaze

The assassination news spread like jungle-fire and soon thousands of angry supporters took to the streets in several cities.

The angry mob torched vehicles, firing into the air, forcing shopkeepers to pull their shutters down and pelting the moving traffic with stones.

Beating their chests and chanting slogans, infuriated party workers took to the streets in Larakana, the hometown of slain Bhutto, and ransacked everything they saw.

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