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  • Three al-Qaeda leaders killed in US attack (the Libi raid)

    02/05/2008 4:44:09 AM PST · by Dog · 50 replies · 133+ views
    www.adnkronos.com ^ | 5 Feb. 2008
    Kuwait City, 5 Feb. (AKI) - The US air raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Abu Layth al-Libi in Pakistan is reported to have also killed three other leaders from the terrorist network. According to the Kuwaiti daily, al-Watan, two Kuwaitis and a Libyan also died in the missile attack conducted by a Predator aircraft on January 25 in Mir Ali, in North Waziristan on the border of Afghanistan. The daily said the attack was aimed at what was believed to have been an al-Qaeda summit meeting. Abu Obeida Tawari al-Obeidi and Abu Adel al-Kuwaiti were reportedly there with al-Libi.Abu Adel...
  • Osama bin Laden was US Operator Destabilising Benazir: Zardari

    05/11/2009 4:58:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1,394+ views
    Sindh Today ^ | 5/11/09
    Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has alleged that elusive Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was a US operator who had tried to destabilise his late wife Benazir Bhutto’s government back in 1989. In fact, as premier Bhutto had “warned America about Osama bin Laden in 1989 with a call to then US president George H. Bush”, Zardari said on NBC’s Meet the Press programme Sunday. “She rang senior Bush and asked of him: ‘Are you destabilizing my government?’ because he (apparently referring to bin Laden) paid the then opposition $10 million to overthrow the first woman elected (prime minister)...
  • Pakistanis Reject U.S. Partnership ["Significant Rejection" In US As Partner Against War on Terror]

    09/30/2009 7:24:00 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies · 320+ views
    NYTimes ^ | September 30, 2009
    Pakistanis Reject U.S. Partnership By JANE PERLEZ Published: September 30, 2009 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Even with the arrival of the Obama administration and the prospect of substantially increased aid, more Pakistanis — an overwhelming majority — continued to reject the United States as a partner to fight militancy in their country, a new poll finds. The survey, conducted by the Washington-based International Republican Institute, underscored the difficulties the Obama administration faced in its efforts to tamp down Islamic militancy in this strategically vital nation. The I.R.I. is a nonprofit pro-democracy group affiliated with the Republican Party and financed by the...
  • Zardari took 'massive secret commissions' for securing French submarine deal: Report

    01/15/2011 7:47:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Zardari took 'massive secret commissions' for securing French submarine deal: Report 2011-01-15 16:00:00 Official Pakistani documents, detailing how President Asif Ali Zardari benefited from massive, secret payments connected to the sale of French submarines to Pakistan, have been seized as evidence by a Paris magistrate investigating a suspected widespread scam surrounding the deal. The documents, published by Mediapart, show that the payments to Zardari and others took place on the fringes of the sale of three Agosta-class submarines by the French defence contractor, the DCN, to Pakistan in the 1990s. The French sale, which succeeded against rival offers by Swedish...
  • Benazir killing: Court orders Musharraf arrest

    02/12/2011 2:13:13 PM PST · by robowombat · 9 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | Feb 13, 2011
    Benazir killing: Court orders Musharraf arrest Posted: Sun Feb 13 2011, 00:37 hrs Islamabad: Days after former president Pervez Musharraf was made an accused in the assassination of PPP leader Benazir Bhutto, a non-bailable arrest warrant was on Saturday issued against him to secure his presence in the court to stand trial. An anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi conducting the trial of five suspects charged with involvement in the Bhutto assassination case issued the warrant against 67-year-old Musharraf, who lives in self exile in Britain, after hearing arguments of prosecution to secure his presence in the court. The Federal Investigation Agency...
  • State TV: Arrest warrant for Pakistan's Musharraf

    02/12/2011 3:55:33 AM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    ISLAMABAD – An anti-terrorism court judge issued an arrest warrant Saturday for former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with the 2007 assassination of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, state-run television reported.
  • Arrest warrant issued for Musharraf

    02/12/2011 2:50:35 AM PST · by Cardhu · 28 replies
    AlJazeera ^ | February 12th 2011 | Agencies
    An anti-terrorism court judge in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with the 2007 assassination of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, officials have said. "Judge Rana Nisar Ahmad has issued non-bailable warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf and directed him to appear before the court on February 19," Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, a public prosecutor, told AFP on Saturday. He said "a joint investigation team that had been formed to probe the assassination said in its report Musharraf had involvement in the case and was equally responsible." "The report said it was a broad...
  • Blackwater involved in Bhutto and Hariri hits: former Pakistani army chief

    09/16/2009 4:23:06 AM PDT · by milestogo · 8 replies · 436+ views
    Blackwater involved in Bhutto and Hariri hits: former Pakistani army chief Tehran Times Political Desk TEHRAN - Pakistan’s former chief of army staff, General Mirza Aslam Beg (ret.), has said the U.S. private security company Blackwater was directly involved in the assassinations of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto and former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. Blackwater later changed its name and is now known as Xe. General Beg recently told the Saudi Arabian daily Al Watan that former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf had given Blackwater the green light to carry out terrorist operations in the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi,...
  • [Seymour] Hersh denies saying [Vice President] Cheney killed Bhutto

    05/19/2009 7:55:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1,009+ views
    The Gulf Times ^ | May 19, 2009
    US journalist Seymour Hersh yesterday contradicted news reports being published in South Asia that quote him as saying a “special death squad” made by former US vice-president Dick Cheney had killed Benazir Bhutto. The award-winning journalist described as “complete madness” the reports that the squad headed by General Stanley McChrystal the new commander of US Army in Afghanistan had also killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafique al-Hariri.
  • Missiles hit Pakistani Taliban stronghold, killing 12

    11/14/2008 1:23:02 AM PST · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 792+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 11-14-08 | Haji Mujtaba
    Suspected U.S. drones fired missiles into a Pakistani tribal region on Friday, killing 12 people, including five foreigners, in an area known as a stronghold of Pakistani Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud. Pakistani officials said the attack targeted a house in a remote village on the border between North and South Waziristan, where Mehsud, an al Qaeda ally, has been bottled up by Pakistani forces since early this year. Frustrated by fighters from Pakistan fuelling the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan and fearful of al Qaeda regrouping, U.S. forces have intensified missile attacks by pilotless drones since early September, security sources say....
  • Sources: Man blamed for Bhutto killing is dead

    09/30/2008 5:39:41 PM PDT · by RDTF · 13 replies · 438+ views
    cnn ^ | Sept 30, 2008 | Zein Basravi
    (CNN) -- The leader of Pakistan's Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, is dead from kidney failure, sources told CNN. Baitullah Mehsud speaks to reporters in the tribal district of South Waziristan near the Afghan border in May. The Pakistan government blamed Mehsud for the December 27, 2007, assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. An unnamed Islamabad-based source with connections within the Mehsud tribe in South Waziristan said Mehsud died about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Military officials in the field confirmed to CNN that Mehsud had died. -snip-
  • Bhutto clan divided by Asif Ali Zardari’s rise to power(fear of vengeful Zardari)

    09/07/2008 5:54:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 120+ views
    Times of London ^ | 09/07/08 | Christina Lamb
    Bhutto clan divided by Asif Ali Zardari’s rise to power Asif Ali Zardari’s ruthless ascent to the presidency of Pakistan has spread fear among relatives and rivals Christina Lamb in Islamabad In its short history of coups, wars and heads of state being toppled by everything from execution to a mysterious air-crash, Pakistan has learnt to expect the unexpected. But among all the myriad scenarios discussed when Benazir Bhutto flew home last year after eight years in exile, nobody predicted the one where the inconvenient husband ends up running the country. Under a deal hatched in Washington and Whitehall, Bhutto...
  • Bhutto's widower elected in Pakistan

    09/06/2008 4:49:43 PM PDT · by skully · 11 replies · 204+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Published: September 7, 2008 | Jane Perlez and Salman Masood
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of the assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who has little experience in governing, was elected president of Pakistan on Saturday by a wide margin. Zardari, 53, who spent 11 years in jail on corruption charges that remain unproved, succeeds Pervez Musharraf, who resigned last month under the threat of impeachment. He is expected to be sworn in on Monday or Tuesday, Pakistani officials said. Zardari has the tacit approval of the United States, which views him as an ally in the campaign against terrorism. He has promised a tougher fight against members...
  • Zardari wins Pakistan presidential election: officials (Bhutto's widower and former Mr 10%)

    09/06/2008 4:01:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 223+ views
    AFP ^ | 09/06/08
    Zardari wins Pakistan presidential election: officials 46 minutes ago ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, was elected president of Pakistan on Saturday, officials said.
  • Taleban winning war, says Zardari (Bhutto's widower, Asif Ali Zardari, to replace Musharraf)

    08/24/2008 1:31:24 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 284+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 18 August 2008 10:26 UK 09:26 GMT, | Chris Morris BBC News, Islamabad
    The Pakistani Taleban have "the upper hand" and should be put on the list of banned organisations in Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto's widower, Asif Ali Zardari, has said.He says the world and Pakistan are losing the war on terror. "It is an insurgency", he said, "and an ideological war. It is our country and we will defend it. "The world is losing the war. I think at the moment they (the Taleban) definitely have the upper hand. "The issue, which is not just a bad case scenario as far as Pakistan is concerned or as Afghanistan is concerned but it is...
  • Benazir Bhutto widower Asif Ali Zardari set to replace Pervez Musharraf (Mr. 10% on the rise)

    08/22/2008 9:27:59 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 162+ views
    Times of London ^ | 08/23/08 | Zahid Hussain
    Benazir Bhutto widower Asif Ali Zardari set to replace Pervez Musharraf Zahid Hussain in Islamabad Asif Ali Zardari, the controversial widower of Benazir Bhutto, became the front-runner to replace Pervez Musharraf as Pakistan’s President yesterday when he was nominated to run in an election scheduled for next month. Ms Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) nominated Mr Zardari unanimously four days after Mr Musharraf resigned. Mr Musharraf’s departure deprived the West of its key Muslim ally in the War on Terror. “Zardari thanked Pakistan People’s Party of which he is the co-chairman and said he will announce his decision within the...
  • Pakistan- Musharraf to address nation on Monday (Resignation expected - 4 AM ET)

    08/17/2008 10:52:14 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 17 replies · 161+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | August 18, 2008 | Kamran Haider
    Excerpt - ISLAMABAD, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, under pressure to step down before he is impeached, will address the nation at 1 p.m. (0700 GMT) on Monday, an official in the president's office told Reuters. Speculation the former army chief and firm U.S. ally will resign has been mounting since the coalition government, led by the party of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, said this month it planned to impeach him. ~ snip ~
  • Key Benazir Bhutto assassination witness shot dead

    07/24/2008 3:07:23 PM PDT · by BGHater · 9 replies · 157+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 23 July 2008 | Telegraph
    The bodyguard of Benazir Bhutto, who was to be a key witness in an investigation into her assassination, has been shot dead. Khalid Shahenshah, who was the former Pakistan prime minister's security chief at the time of her assassination, was killed in a drive-by shooting as he left his house in the southern port city of Karachi on Tuesday, police said. Mr Shahenshah, 45, was riding in Mrs Bhutto's bullet-proof car when she was killed in a suicide attack in the northern city of Rawalpindi on December 27. He was expected to be called to give evidence at a United...
  • Bhutto Dealt Nuclear Secrets to N. Korea, Book Says

    05/31/2008 7:05:56 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 25 replies · 135+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 1, 2008 | Glenn Kessler
    Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, on a state visit to North Korea in 1993, smuggled in critical data on uranium enrichment -- a route to making a nuclear weapon -- to help facilitate a missile deal with Pyongyang, according to a new book by a journalist who knew the slain politician well. The assertion is based on conversations that the author, Shyam Bhatia, had with Bhutto in 2003, in which she said she would tell him a secret "so significant that I had to promise never to reveal it, at least not during her lifetime," Bhatia writes in "Goodbye,...
  • Pakistan says militant linked to Bhutto attack arrested

    02/26/2008 12:32:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 169+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/26/08 | Sami Zubeiri
    ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistani security forces arrested a top militant with links to Osama bin Laden in connection with an October assassination attempt on Benazir Bhutto, the interior minister said Tuesday. Qari Saifullah Akhtar -- a top extremist leader accused by Bhutto of plotting against her in a book published after her assassination in December -- was seized on Monday, interior minister Hamid Nawaz told AFP. "Most probably he is involved in the attack in Karsaz on Benazir Bhutto's rally. He is a big character," Nawaz said, referring to the October attack on Bhutto's homecoming parade in Karachi's Karsaz district...
  • Musharraf Not Quitting

    02/20/2008 4:57:38 AM PST · by jdm · 3 replies · 92+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 20, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    Despite suffering a landslide loss in parliamentary elections, Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has no intention to resign from office. After the successful and fair elections produced a lopsided coalition between Benazir Bhutto's PPP and Nawaz Sharif's PML-N, Sharif called for Musharraf to leave office. Sharif could make it impossible for Musharraf to stay: Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said he intends to remain in office and work with the new government, despite the trouncing that the country's parliamentary elections handed his ruling party and calls by the opposition to step down. In an interview posted on the Wall Street Journal's Web...
  • Musharraf, pro-Taliban party routed in Pakistan's election

    02/19/2008 3:14:49 PM PST · by AFPhys · 30 replies · 134+ views
    longwarjournal.org ^ | February 19, 2008 | Bill Roggio
    Pakistan has successfully held elections for the National Assembly and provincial governments, and President Pervez Musharraf and the pro-Taliban Muttahida Majlis-e-Amil, or MMA, have encountered major setbacks. Musharraf has lost his governing coalition, while the MMA lost most of its seats in the National Assembly as well as control of the Northwest Frontier Province. The Pakistan People's Party has won the majority of seats and will form the government, while the Pakistani Muslim League - Nawaz finished a close second. The Awami National Party also won a surprising victory. Election Results Election results are available for 240 of the 272...
  • Musharraf Wins By Losing, Islamists Just Lose Big

    02/19/2008 7:02:55 AM PST · by jdm · 16 replies · 233+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 19, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    The Pakistanis have rejected both Pervez Musharraf and the Islamists in their national and provincial elections yesterday, preliminary results show. Supporters of slain national leader Benazir Bhutto and returned exile Nawaz Sharif will dominate the national and provincial assemblies, and Musharraf will have to deal with a hostile but moderate Parliament: After being sidelined for more than eight years by army intervention, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) seemed headed for a shock comeback as initial partial results of Monday’s elections put a question mark over President Pervez Musharraf’s political future. The previously ruling Pakistan Muslim...
  • Pakistan Votes for New Parliament, Musharraf Future Unclear

    02/18/2008 11:12:41 AM PST · by IssuesOriented · 5 replies · 214+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday , February 18, 2008
    As Pakistanis went to the polls Monday to vote for a new parliament, early indications showed the party of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in the lead, with that of President Pervez Musharraf trailing behind, FOX News has learned. Voter turnout was light to moderate, with fears of militant attacks and rigging keeping many Pakistanis at home. The elections were held Monday after a six-week delay in the vote, seen as a key step toward democracy after eight years of military rule under Musharraf, whose political survival hung in the balance.
  • Pakistanis Deal Severe Defeat to Musharraf in Election

    02/18/2008 5:00:54 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 632+ views
    New York Times ^ | 2/19/08 | Carlotta Gall and Jane Perlez
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistanis dealt a crushing defeat to President Pervez Musharraf in parliamentary elections Monday, in what government and opposition politicians said was a firm rejection of his policies since 2001 and those of his close ally, the United States. Almost all the leading figures in the Pakistan Muslim League-Q, the party that has governed for the last five years under Mr. Musharraf, lost their seats, including the leader of the party, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussein, the former speaker of parliament, Chaudhry Amir Hussein, and six ministers. Though official results would not be announced until Tuesday, early returns indicated that...
  • Musharraf Party Trailing in Third Place, Bhutto Party in Lead After Polls Close

    02/18/2008 1:38:36 PM PST · by IssuesOriented · 19 replies · 691+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday , February 18, 2008 | Greg Palkot
    The party of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto remained in the lead Monday and that of President Pervez Musharraf trailed behind in third place as vote-counting continued at the close of polls in Pakistan — a stunning development with major implications for the war on terror in the United States and abroad. Early indications showed Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party in a strong first place in the parliamentary elections, followed by opposition Pakistan Muslim League-N of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The pro-Musharraf Pakistan Muslim League-Q was trailing in third. Two opinion polls had predicted those results going into Monday's...
  • Bhutto widower: poll rigging will start war (Pakistan election)

    02/16/2008 9:38:06 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 121+ views
    Sunday Times ^ | 02/17/08 | Christina Lamb
    February 17, 2008 Bhutto widower: poll rigging will start war Christina Lamb, Lahore BENAZIR BHUTTO’S widowed husband Asif Ali Zardari has warned that Pakistan will face massive violence which could lead to its break-up if the government of President Pervez Musharraf carries out alleged plans to rig and disrupt tomorrow’s elections. “Up till now I’ve shown absolute patience,” he said in an emotional interview with The Sunday Times last night as campaigning came to a close. “My wife has been killed, yet I’ve calmed people down, stopped them protesting, I’ve called no strike. But I’m telling you, people are absolutely...
  • Bhutto's Party Vows to Remove Musharraf

    02/15/2008 6:04:58 AM PST · by jdm · 62+ views
    AP/Washington Post ^ | Feb. 15, 2008 | By MUNIR AHMAD
    ** EXCERPT ** ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The party of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto said Friday it would try to remove President Pervez Musharraf if it wins next week's parliamentary elections. Although Musharraf is not up for re-election, he could face impeachment if the opposition wins a commanding majority in the legislature. "The ouster of Musharraf will put Pakistan back on the track of real democracy," Babar Awan, a member of the central executive council of the Pakistan People's Party, told The Associated Press.Recent opinion surveys ahead of Monday's balloting show the party running well ahead of Musharraf supporters. "We...
  • Pakistan military strikes ceasefire deal with Taliban

    02/09/2008 9:32:15 PM PST · by Saberwielder · 15 replies · 97+ views
    National Post (Canada) ^ | February 9, 2008 | Peter Goodspeed
    Pakistan military strikes ceasefire deal with Taliban U.S. Caught Off-GuardPeter Goodspeed,  National Post Desperate for a violence-free election on Feb. 18, the Pakistan military has orchestrated a ceasefire with the very Taliban leader they accused of ordering the assassination of Benazir Bhutto....The latest ceasefire could not come at a more embarrassing time for Washington-- the day the Taliban announced the deal, U.S. officials were publicly praising Pakistan for taking a fiercer stand against Islamist radicals.On Wednesday, Mike McConnell, U.S. director of national intelligence, told a Senate committee on Intelligence, "What's happened is Pakistan has now recognized that this is an existential...
  • Bhutto Killed In Blast: Scotland Yard (did not die from gunshot wound)

    02/08/2008 8:19:18 AM PST · by jdm · 22 replies · 77+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 08, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Scotland Yard has concluded that Benazir Bhutto did not die from a gunshot wound, but instead died from the blast of the suicide bomber's explosion immediately afterward. The Bhutto family and her political party have rejected the findings, and they have renewed their calls for a UN investigation: Scotland Yard said in a report released Friday that Pakistan's opposition leader Benazir Bhutto died as a result of a suicide bomb blast, not a gunshot — findings that support the Pakistani government's version of the events. Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party immediately rejected the British conclusion and repeated its demand for a...
  • Bhutto Autobiography: Bin Laden's Son Killed Me

    02/03/2008 8:16:34 PM PST · by RDTF · 9 replies · 835+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | Jan 3, 2008 | not specified
    Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto names the 16-year-old son of Usama Bin Laden as the leader of one of four gangs of “designated assassins” sent to kill her in a posthumous autobiography excerpted in The Times of London on Sunday. Bhutto, who was assassinated as she left a rally in Rawalpindi in December, revealed she was warned by both President Pervez Musharraf and a “friendly Muslim government” that Hamza Bin Laden was planning her murder. The naming of Bin Laden’s teenage son appears to bolster intelligence claims that Hamza is being groomed as a future leader of Al Qaeda....
  • Osama's Son 'Led Bhutto Death Squad'

    02/03/2008 12:37:34 PM PST · by Tigen · 32 replies · 13,056+ views
    Sky News ^ | February 03, 2008 | Sky
    Osama bin Laden's 16-year-old son led a suicide bomb squad sent to kill Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, according to her own claims. Before she was assassinated in December the former prime minister claimed she had been warned that four such death teams would try to kill her. And the naming of bin Laden's teenage son, Hamza, could now strengthen claims that he is being groomed as a future leader of the al Qaeda terror group. In 2001, he appeared in a joint Taliban and al Qaeda video of a militant attack on a Pakistan army camp in South Waziristan,...
  • Benazir and Arab malaise

    02/03/2008 2:15:33 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 12 replies · 166+ views
    Reset DOC ^ | 23 Jan 2008 | Amara Lakhous
    The election of Benazir Bhutto in 1988 was a cultural shock to the Arab world. No Arab woman had ever run for president or prime minister. Even today, women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive a car, based on truly ridiculous customary rules. How did Benazir manage to come to power at the age of 35, while Arab Muslim women have been left behind? The successful political case of Benazir Bhutto shows that Pakistani people do not take notes from the Wahhabist Saudi model like the Afghani Taliban do, but instead follow the English or Indian path. There...
  • Shattered Hopes

    01/29/2008 9:28:02 PM PST · by jdm · 3 replies · 103+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan. 30, 2008 | by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross & Nick Grace
    ~excerpt~IN THE MIDST OF AN eight-day trip through Europe designed to assuage fears that his country is sliding toward chaos, Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has reaffirmed that parliamentary elections will be held on February 18. Though the last year has certainly shown us that events in Pakistan are always subject to change, the election date should be considered about as stable as anything in Pakistan's political scene. With less than a month before these elections, it is a good time to assess the influence that Benazir Bhutto's assassination will have. Even when Bhutto returned to Pakistan in October, "reform" (whatever...
  • Pakistani Militant Leader Threatens Washington, London and New York

    01/28/2008 10:16:36 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 17 replies · 340+ views
    Emergency.com ^ | Monday, January 28, 2008
    More Dangerous Than Osama Militant Leader Claims He Is Fighting a 'Defensive' Jihad to Destroy the White House ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: He is more dangerous to Pakistan than Osama bin Laden, analysts say. He may be the single most important person in Pakistan's fight for its future. And for the first time, he has described the goals and the details of the network of militants responsible for the most violent time in Pakistan in 60 years. During a 25-minute sit-down with al Jazeera, Baitullah Mehsud, the man Pakistan blames for killing former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, claims he is fighting a...
  • Eight US senators ask for UN probe into Benazir’s murder (7 of the 8 are Democrats)

    01/25/2008 9:41:49 AM PST · by jdm · 8 replies · 82+ views
    Pakistan Link ^ | Jan. 25, 2008 | Staff
    WASHINGTON: Eight US senators have asked President George Bush to take quick and decisive action to help ensure that Pakistan moves in the right direction. In a letter addressed to the president, the senators have asked for an immediate, thorough, and credible investigation to be conducted under the aegis of the UN into the murder of former Pakistan People’s Party chairwoman Benazir Bhutto. They have also asked for the reinstatement of sacked Chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, as well as that of other dismissed judges for the sake of a functioning independent judiciary. All those arrested during the emergency, they...
  • Pakistan: Teen arrested in Bhutto assassination case

    01/19/2008 10:46:16 AM PST · by mojito · 2 replies · 144+ views
    Jerusalem Post/AP ^ | 1/19/2008 | Dera Ismail Khan
    Security officials in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province said Saturday they arrested a teenager allegedly involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto last month. Aitezaz Shah, 15, told investigators he had been part of a five-man squad deployed that day in the city of Rawalpindi, where Bhutto was killed, a senior intelligence official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. In the capital, Islamabad, however, a government spokesman said he could not confirm the official's claim. Interior Ministry spokesman Jawed Iqbal Cheema said he had no information about any...
  • The Teen Assassin? (Bhutto's Assassination Plotter)

    01/19/2008 7:12:05 AM PST · by jdm · 5 replies · 94+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 19, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    And we think teenagers in America give us headaches! Pakistani security forces arrested a teenager who allegedly helped plot the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and who reportedly had prepared to meet his own set of virgins during an upcoming Muslim holiday: Pakistani police have arrested a teenager who was allegedly part of a five-man squad in the plot to kill opposition leader Benazir Bhutto last month, security officials said Saturday. The suspect, 15-year-old Aitezaz Shah, was arrested from the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan on Friday while planning a suicide bombing over the Muslim festival of Ashura, they said...
  • Pakistan Arrests Teen Suspect in Bhutto Plot:Officials

    01/19/2008 4:50:09 AM PST · by america4vr · 3 replies · 478+ views
    yahoo news via AFP ^ | January 18, 2008 | Staff
    Pakistani police have arrested a teenager who was allegedly part of a five-man squad in the plot to kill opposition leader Benazir Bhutto last month, security officials said Saturday. The suspect, 15-year-old Aitezaz Shah, was arrested from the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan on Friday while planning a suicide bombing over the Muslim festival of Ashura, they said on condition of anonymity. Shah told interrogators he had been part of a back-up team of three bombers who were tasked with killing former premier Bhutto if the original December 27 attack by two men had failed, the officials added. Interior...
  • Pakistan security forces arrest teen suspect in Bhutto's assassination, officials say

    01/19/2008 4:45:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 150+ views
    AP via Malayasia Yahoo News ^ | 01/19/08 | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD
    Pakistan security forces arrest teen suspect in Bhutto's assassination, officials say By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD,Associated Press Writer AP - Sunday, January 20 DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Security officials in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province said Saturday they arrested a teenager allegedly involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto last month. The suspect, 15-year-old Aitezaz Shah, told investigators he had been part of a five-man squad deployed that day in the city of Rawalpindi, where Bhutto was killed, a senior intelligence official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media. In the...
  • Benazir Bhutto named Osama bin Laden’s killer before her death

    01/15/2008 7:21:57 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 21 replies · 363+ views
    Pravda.ru ^ | January 15, 2008 | Pravda.ru
    Benazir Bhutto named Osama bin Laden’s killer before her death 15.01.2008 Source: Pravda.Ru URL: http://english.pravda.ru/world/asia/103426-benazir_bhutto_osama-0 Benazir Bhutto, who was killed in a suicide attack at the end of 2007 stated in November that the Osama bin Laden, the head of the international terrorist network al-Qaida, had been killed. Bhutto claimed that she even knew the man who had killed the prime suspect of 9/11 terrorist attacks in the USA. According to Bhutto’s words, Bin Laden was killed by Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh – one of those convicted of kidnapping and killing U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl. Bhutto released that statement...
  • Scotland Yard: AQ Killed Bhutto

    01/13/2008 7:20:11 AM PST · by jdm · 11 replies · 150+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 13, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Scotland Yard experts on the case in Pakistan now believe that al-Qaeda assassinated Benazir Bhutto after reviewing all of the evidence. The Times of London reports from sources inside the organization that the investigators do not see any evidence of a cover-up, but of massive incompetence in the hours after the murder, which led to speculation of government involvement: BRITISH officials have revealed that evidence amassed by Scotland Yard detectives points towards Al-Qaeda militants being responsible for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Five experts in video evidence and forensic science have been in Pakistan for 10 days since President Pervez...
  • 'Real' Bhutto heir denounces family business

    01/13/2008 2:03:54 AM PST · by shhimundercover · 7 replies · 74+ views
    The Times ^ | January 12, 2008 | Jeremy Page
    'Real' Bhutto heir denounces family business Jeremy Page in Karachi [IMG]http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y268/WilliamSchlegel/Fatima360_265512a.jpg[/IMG] When Fatima Bhutto heard that her estranged aunt had been assassinated she put aside decades of family feuding to mourn with her relatives at the ancestral home in Pakistan. Three days later, when Benazir Bhutto’s 19-year-old son, Bilawal, was anointed head of the Pakistan People’s Party, Fatima maintained a respectful silence, despite whispers that she was the real Bhutto heir. But now, two weeks on, she has broken that silence to launch a blistering attack on her cousin’s appointment, accusing those around him of perpetuating dynastic politics and trying...
  • How Is That Hariri Investigation Going, Anyway?

    01/12/2008 9:28:51 AM PST · by jdm · 2 replies · 123+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 12, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Pervez Musharraf has refused to have the UN investigate the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, according to AFP. In an interview with Le Figaro, the Pakistani president/dictator insists that internal police forces will partner with Britain's Scotland Yard to probe the murder instead. Bhutto's family had called for the UN to lead the investigation: Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has ruled out a United Nations probe into the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto, in an interview with a French newspaper published Saturday. Musharraf told Le Figaro that UN involvement was out of the question, and that the investigation into Bhutto's murder...
  • Bhutto's Death Shows Who Our Candidates Really Are

    01/11/2008 4:30:35 PM PST · by Parody · 3 replies · 109+ views
    The Ornery American ^ | December 30, 2007 | Orson Scott Card
    The death of Benazir Bhutto is a very sad thing for her family, a tragedy for her political party, and a historical complication that might well have far-reaching -- and devastating -- effects on Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the overall war against Fascist Islam. But that's not what I'm going to talk about right now. Because as we enter 2008, we're going to get into the presidential campaign in a big way. And the responses of the various candidates to Benazir Bhutto's death tells us an enormous amount of valuable information about how they would do as president of the United...
  • Bhutto Killing Roils Province, Spurring Call to Quit Pakistan Sindh Is Latest Fault Line

    01/08/2008 5:24:41 AM PST · by Brilliant · 5 replies · 182+ views
    WSJ ^ | January 8, 2008 | YAROSLAV TROFIMOV
    Thousands of mourners who filed past the grave of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in her ancestral village aired more than their fury with her assassins. "We hate Pakistan," they chanted. "We don't want Pakistan." Ms. Bhutto... headed the mightiest aristocratic dynasty here in Sindh, the second-largest of Pakistan's four provinces. In the wake of her Dec. 27 assassination, Sindh has been swept by nationalist rage. Many Sindhis, the province's majority ethnic group, have started calling for outright independence. Support for separatism has surged among rank-and-file members of Ms. Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party here. Sindhi nationalists outside the PPP...
  • Edwards Says His Phone Call Helped Defuse Tensions in Pakistan

    01/07/2008 3:24:29 PM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies · 26+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 6 Jan 2008 | John Semmens
    In an interview on the Today show, former North Carolina senator and Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards claimed that it was a phone call from him to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in the hours after the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto that “was a calming influence” that helped short-circuit an “international crisis.” “It was a very tense time,” Edwards said. “I told Musharraf that I had received an instantaneous spiritual message from the departed Bhutto asking me to intervene for peace. I assured him that those who committed this act, as well as their corporate enablers, could be...
  • Scotland Yard looking for Benazir's headscarf

    01/07/2008 2:05:40 PM PST · by Wallaby · 16 replies · 67+ views
    Asian News International ^ | January 7, 2008
    Scotland Yard investigators are looking for the headscarf slain former premier Benazir Bhutto was wearing at the time of being shot outside Rawalpindi's Liaqat Bagh area on December 27.... "The headscarf of Benazir Bhutto is likely to resolve the mystery which swirls around the fact that whether she was shot in the head from right or left", police sources said. "The scarf would carry the corresponding cut/cuts on it which may help the investigators in ascertaining bullet direction and size", they added. According to the eye-witnesses, a shooter as well as a suicide bomber attacked the Benazir Bhutto from her...
  • Pakistan has blamed al-Qa'eda for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto...Text .... phone call

    01/07/2008 1:24:37 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 62+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 2:56am GMT 29/12/2007 | staff
    Here is a translation of the transcript of the alleged telephone conversation from senior al-Qa'eda leader Baitullah Mehsud to another militant said to have been intercepted after the assassination. Maulvi Sahib (MS): Asalaam Aleikum (Peace be with you) Baitullah Mehsud (BM): Waleikum Asalam (And also with you)MS: Chief, how are you? BM: I am fine. MS: Congratulations, I just got back during the night. BM: Congratulations to you, were they our men? MS: Yes they were ours. BM: Who were they? MS: There was Saeed, there was Bilal from Badar and Ikramullah.
  • Bhutto: Fatal bomb was rigged to baby (Religion of peace alert!)

    01/07/2008 11:01:01 AM PST · by DaveyB · 15 replies · 98+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 14, 2007 | Betsy Pisik
    ExcerptThe bomb that ravaged Benazir Bhutto's homecoming processional in October appears to have been rigged to the clothes of a baby who was held up for the former prime minister to embrace, Mrs. Bhutto said. A man approached her armored truck, Mrs. Bhutto recounted, and was trying to hand across a small child as her motorcade inched through the thronged streets of Karachi. She remembers gesturing for the man to come closer. "It was about 1 or 2 years old, and I think it was a girl," Mrs. Bhutto told The Washington Times in her first public remarks about the...