Friday, December 28, 2007

In a Prescient Interview, Bhutto Fingered Assassination Suspects

By Sarah Lai Stirland December 27, 2007 | 3:59:21 PM

The world reacted with horror today at the cold-blooded assassination of Pakistan's former prime minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

Heading up the populist Pakistan People's Party, Bhutto was a leading contender in the country's general election, which was scheduled for January 8.

In this YouTube clip below from a November 3 Al Jazeera interview with British television presenter Sir David Frost, Bhutto discusses who she thought was responsible for the prior assassination attempt on her. (She even discusses the fact that her kids found out about the attempt before their father could tell them through text messages from their friends.)

Bhutto said at the time that the assassins could have come from "a gang from the Afganistan warlord Baitullah Mehsud, or Hamza bin Laden the son of Osama bin Laden, or the Pakistani Taliban in Islamabad, or by a group in Karachi."

"I sent back a letter [to President Pervez Musharraf] saying that while these groups may be used, I thought it was more important to go after the people who supported them, who organize them, who could possibly be the financers, or the organizers of the finance for those groups and I named three individuals who I thought could be their sympathizers," she said.

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