BHUTTO’S WAS A TALIBAN – AL QUAIDA MURDER
Ms. Bhutto had returned to Pakistan after the Musharraf government was pressured by the United States. She had promised to purge the Taliban and al Qaeda from tribal regions on the Pakistan – Afghanistan border.
In early October of this year, the Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud threatened suicide attacks. FATA Senator Saleh Shah said bombers would “welcome” her in Pakistan. He added, “We don’t accept President General Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto because they only protect the US interest and see things through its glasses.” He bragged that his friend Mehsud controlled 35,000 highly trained fighters, including a “suicide squad”.
Ms. Bhutto was earlier quoted as saying that “I don’t believe that a true Muslim will attack me. I believe Islam forbids suicide bombings.” Sadly, she underestimated the threat.
TODAY, December 27, 2007:
As Bhutto’s vehicle pulled into the main street of the Pakistani military garrison city of Rawalpind, there were two gunshots and and explosion next to her car. A witness interviewed by the AP reported that “The man first fired at Bhutto’s vehicle. She ducked and then he blew himself up.”
Bhutto was taken to Rawalpindi General Hospital where she died without regaining consciousness.