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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Bhutto slaying: The plot sickens

Two new reports, first from The Washington Post: "Pakistani authorities have pressured the medical personnel who tried to save Benazir Bhutto's life to remain silent about what happened in her final hour and have removed records of her treatment from the facility, according to doctors. 'The government took all the medical records right after Ms. Bhutto's time of death was read out,' said a visibly shaken doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. Sweating and putting his head in his hands, he said: 'Look, we have been told by the government to stop talking. And a lot of us feel this is a disgrace.'"

And from McClatchy: "The day she was assassinated last Thursday, Benazir Bhutto had planned to reveal new evidence alleging the involvement of Pakistan's intelligence agencies in rigging the country's upcoming elections, an aide said Monday. Bhutto had been due to meet U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., to hand over a report charging that the military Inter-Services Intelligence agency was planning to fix the polls in the favor of President Pervez Musharraf. Safraz Khan Lashari, a member of the Pakistan People's Party election monitoring unit, said the report was 'very sensitive' and that the party wanted to initially share it with trusted American politicians rather than the Bush administration, which is seen here as strongly backing Musharraf."

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