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Pakistani President Musharraf blames Bhutto for her own death

Posted 01-07-2008 at 12:33 AM by 0ddity
(CBS) The assassination of his chief political rival was her own fault, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf tells Lara Logan in his first one-on-one interview since the death of Benazir Bhutto.

The exclusive interview will be broadcast on 60 Minutes, Sunday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

In the interview that took place in Pakistan Saturday morning, Musharraf tells Logan, "For standing up outside the car, I think it was she to blame alone. Nobody else. Responsibility is hers." Bhutto was killed in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi last week while standing up in a moving car with her head through the roof hatch.

A suicide bomber blew himself up near her car at the time of her death and the government of Pakistan initially said the concussion of the blast caused her to hit her head on the roof hatch. There was also a gunman present, but it's not known whether his shots hit Bhutto.

Asked by Logan if he believes a gunshot could be the cause of Bhutto's head injury, he replies, "Yes, yes."

"So she may have been shot?" asks Logan.

"Yes, absolutely, yes. Possibility," says Musharraf.

Some also speculate that Bhutto, who was campaigning for prime minister in Musharraf's government, had inadequate security.

"Even with the benefit of hindsight, you feel that you and your government did everything possible to give Benazir Bhutto the security she needed?" asks Logan.

Musharraf insists he did. "Yes, yes absolutely. And you have to…remember…she had the threat. So she was given more security than any other person."

CBS (with video)
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icest0rm's Avatar
I believe a lot of people are to blame for Bhutto's death:

1. The Terrorists - They are directly responsible for the death
2. Musharraf - He did not provide adequete protection for Bhutto.
3. Bhutto - I believe she was somewhat reckless for being "too close" to the people.
4. The US - They did not pressure Musharraf enough to provide protection nor advise her on better security measures.
Posted 01-07-2008 at 12:45 AM by icest0rm icest0rm is offline
0ddity's Avatar
RE: #3, especially after the double bombing when she first returned to the country in which hundreds of people were killed. That someone was able to get so close to her with a rifle shows a massive breakdown in security, and a lack of common sense on the part of Bhutto. I still can't blame her for her hard work trying to bring democracy to her country, even if it meant risking her life.
Posted 01-07-2008 at 12:50 AM by 0ddity 0ddity is offline
leouna's Avatar
As a noble, returning to the flock that made her leave, she needs to establish her presence first. I don't believe she did that.

That makes her British in many eyes, and probably British Intelligence as well. MI6 cleaning up on the royals isn't new, but they look to be more on top of the Windsors now, in the British scheme.
Posted 01-07-2008 at 02:41 AM by leouna leouna is offline
burgersoft777's Avatar
Well Leouna her son is at Oxford right now, so even if he isn't British as such he is British educated which in many peoples eyes (including my own) is all that really matters.
I have not cried for a long time about the death of a world leader but I will admit to a tear for Bhutto even if she was the most dangerous person in Pakistan. I will state clearly that MI6 was not responsible for her death, unlike Diana she wasn't making a mockery of our institutions and the C. of E.
Was she corrupt ? quite possible. Were her democratic credentials suspect ? Yes indeed they probably were. She was a symbol for secularists and democrats to rally behind. She will be missed.

ICESTORM is right she was reckless.
Posted 01-09-2008 at 07:22 PM by burgersoft777 burgersoft777 is offline
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