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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

Scotland Yard Report, Hardly a Shocker!

By Adnan Gill

Alas, the Scotland Yard released its report into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. It was more of speculative narration of events, rather than an evidence-based statement of facts. Not of Scotland Yard's fault, the report did not answer more important questions, like who was the killer, who masterminded the attack, and how the security cordon around Ms. Bhutto collapsed? Scotland Yard didn't go over these questions because it was mandated to investigate only the cause of Ms. Bhutto’s death and nothing else. As expected, it corroborated what the Pakistani government had already stated.

Corroboration was expected, not because there is a joint-conspiracy to hide the truth, it was expected because every aspect of their investigation was dependent on the goodwill of the Pakistani investigators, who miserably failed to gather any worthwhile evidence.

If one would read between the lines, the inconclusiveness of the report becomes rather obvious. UK Home Office Pathologist, Dr. Nathaniel Cary, conceded that they were “unable [to] categorically exclude the possibility of there being a gunshot wound to the upper trunk or neck” of Ms Bhutto. “In my opinion Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto died as a result of a severe head injury sustained as a consequence of the bomb-blast and due to head impact somewhere in the escape hatch of the vehicle," Dr. Cary said in the report.

The word ‘somewhere’ speaks volumes about how little evidence they had to work with and how speculative the report was. Whether she died from a gun shot or by hitting her head on the lip of escape hatch should be of little consequence, as whole world knows shots were fired at Ms. Bhutto and a bomb was exploded. But a complete and conclusive report could have quashed some of conspiracy theories.

Total and absolute collapse of Ms. Bhutto’s security shall remain a source of embarrassment and a blot government’s face. However, Benazir Bhutto’s husband Asif Ali Zardari should also be held responsible for assigning ex-convicts -- who he befriended in jail -- on her personal security detail. Perhaps one day, he would be bold enough to share with rest of us, the wisdom behind choosing ex-convicts over professionals to protect his wife’s life? Mr. Zardari should also explain why he refused to allow the authorities to perform a postmortem, while at the same time he left the postmortem option open if the UN-sponsored investigators requested one?

As promised, Ms. Bhutto’s party and Mr. Zardari didn't waste a moment in rejecting Scotland Yard's report and renewed their odd demand of UN-sponsored investigation. It is an odd demand, because only the UN Security Council (UNSC) can form such an investigative body, and the United Kingdom is one its permanent members. If UK was a part of some conspiracy then it wouldn't allow formation of any investigative body. And in case the UNSC grants Mr. Zardari's wish, then who are they going to send for investigations?

Most probably, it's also going to send Scotland Yard and/or the American FBI. One has to wonder, how or why Mr. Zardari and his party would trust Scotland Yard sent by the UN when they refuse to accept its current report? It's not like the UN investigators would have a time machine, they would travel back in time, to gather additional evidence. Mr. Zardari’s demand of UN investigation is inconsequential, irresponsible, useless, and redundant at best.

If Mr. Zardari is honestly interested in finding the truth, it's still not too late for him to request the government to exhume Ms. Bhutto’s body for a postmortem. As insurance, he could insist that the postmortem be done in presence of his own Pathologists or in the presence of third-party, like the Scotland Yard's Pathologists.

Unless Mr. Zardari is interested in maintaining ambiguity to give him room for political maneuvering, he should fully corporate with the investigators to set the record straight. Similarly, the government should have had a broader mandate for the Scotland Yard investigators. Their mandate should have included, but not limited to, investigating the Pakistani officials involved in Ms. Bhutto’s murder investigation. By unnecessary impeding the investigation, both Mr. Zardari and the government are fanning the ambers of rumor mills.

- Asian Tribune -

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