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Al Qaeda have denied participation in the assassination of Benazir Bhuttu

category international | politics / elections | other press author Sunday December 30, 2007 19:07author by phlegm Report this post to the editors

A recognised spokesperson for Al Qaeda has informed the global satelite TV network "GEO" that they were not involved in the assassination of Benazir Bhuttu which of course contradicts something or other which was like fact & brought lots of tippy toppy declarations with words in them until about one hour ago.

Now that's Imran Aslam the president of GEO the telly most pakistanis watch once they leave Pakistan & can afford to share a telly with someone else or get a job with telly laid on.
you'll want a link.

author by phlegmpublication date Sun Dec 30, 2007 20:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors

1. Pakistan has gone pop, it went pop in late 2007, you can be sure that all the parties to the conflict & tragedies which led to that popping have very clear agenda & interests for what they want next.

2. GEO tv, whose director in the last hour signed up to the filtration of Al Qaeda denial of the event which most people in the west have already interpreted along other filtration communique has only got its website together in the last year. Pretty much since when Pakistan went pop. Yet this popular telly station was important enough to be banned during the "pop" (as I call it) That didn't go down well in my neighbourhood which I never tire of reminding people is home to more than 70 languages & human representatives of no less than 150 states. there was great concern expressed at the bakery & barbershop GEO TV have now reported that HMG UK is available to take part in an inquiry into the death of Benazir Bhutto. The plot if not the goat stew thickens.

3. this is another world satelite telly news organisation which reports on life in the geographic area of Pakistan.They are the TV who has aired the latest evidence which should be getting you all thinking not just about Pakistan but about your world vision & prejudice in general

4. This is the news a Pakistani daily, which did its best to negotiate a neutral path through the "pop"

5. This is another news organisation which has now prepared a multi-lingual animation for peoples' whose computers or internet cafés don't do .wmv vid files.

6. This is another news source which has had over the last year the legal & political difficulties of being confused with another of similar name. They represent a current of opinion which in the last hours is recoiling on the regime & those who appeared all too quick to take up the role of an election boycotting opposition (fresh from being quoted by RTE no less)


now pay attention coz I'm only going to write this once, here is the latest word from the Pakistani regime (a retired brigadier soldier who perhaps doesn't know what the emergency nuke plan is for his state) on how everyone [that means you] are to stick to the message that is was "Al Qaeda".
..... Interior Ministry official spokesman Brig (Retd) Javed Iqbal Cheema Saturday ruled out PPP demand to carry out the probe into Benazir’s murder case by the international investigation team under the umbrella of the United Nations. Addressing a press conference, Brig (Retd) Javed Iqbal Cheema said, that Benazir’s murder case probe is difficult for the international body. He said, “Benazir Bhutto’s murder is not an ordinary case, rather a case of terrorism having links with our own tribal area people, who speak Pushto, therefore, the international investigation team would find it difficult to probe into the case as they neither know Pushto nor could easily have access to the tribal belt”. “We are fully capable to carry out the probe and we will conduct the inquiry ourselves” he claimed. However, the spokesperson’s style in Saturday briefing was clearly rude rather than convincing the media. He appeared confused due to not only conflicting opinions on the Thursday’s assassination of Benazir Bhutto but also because of the inaccuracies found within the government’s standpoint. Unlike his previous routine Brig (Retd) Cheema appeared patience deficient eventually to cause embarrassment for the interim government when he repeated his unbecoming attitude with the media during a press briefing on Saturday. Quite like the other day, he again did not address repeated requests by the media men to play the recording of intercepted telephone call between the Baitullah Mehsud and unknown Moulvi Sb. First he said that the tape would be played but later he changed the stance by saying that the voice of tape was not so clear.

I love using the phrase "pay attention coz I'm only going to write this once". But I don't get to use it so much. Here's the last time I used it, on the same topic too oddly enough. Now apply this new data to your world vision. please. It is not in Ireland's or the international working class' interest that Pakistan go "post-pop" in the provacative way you have mostly without caution presumed. Sometimes it is Al Q, & sometimes it isn't. I knew one of them years ago. Had enough of his wife & kids & so went to eat goat stew where there is neither Afghanistan or Pakistan whilst one of his sons realised his transexual destiny & his daughter got her doctorate in art. I wrote about them in my novel. Anyway, let's all have a little think - about what sort of co-operative effort we could all make to keep the Pakistani family together in its new form & why our close friends in post-imperialist global market security the Brit Huns are so convincingly telling us, the Bhutto death is not what you think. Stand back a while. :-)

author by D_Dpublication date Sun Dec 30, 2007 22:46author address author phone Report this post to the editors

LPP Statement on Benazir Bhutto Assassination
28 December 2007
Labour Party Pakistan mourns Benazir’s tragic death

It’s a murder of democracy. Musharraf should resign

A tragedy wrought by combination of dictatorship, fundamentalism, imperialism

Lahore (PR): The Labour Party Pakistan (LPP) strongly condemns the tragic murder of Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister and chairperson Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

In a joint statement issued here on Friday, LPP spokesperson Farooq Tariq and National Secretary Nisar Shah said: ‘ It is not mere a murder of an individual but murder of democracy and political culture in Pakistan’. They said it was the duty of the regime to provide Benazir Bhutto with a fool-proof security.

‘This is a failure on the part of the regime hence exposing country to an unprecedented danger and chaos. Therefore, we demand an immediate resignation of Pervez Musharraf and his cabinet,’ they added.

They said the tragedy that struck Pakistan yesterday was yet another expression of the instability created in the region owing to the US presence in the region. ‘Her brutal murder is a tragedy jointly wrought by religious fundamentalists, military dictatorships in Pakistan and the USA’, they commented.

They said Al-Qaida had taken upon itself the responsibility for this horrendous crime according to media reports. ‘But the Frankenstein of Al-Qaida would not have been ruling the roost in Pakistan had it not been created by the USA and pampered by military dictatorships in Pakistan’, they said.

Urging the PPP workers restraint, they said LPP workers were with them in that hour of grief. ‘We must turn this anger on the culprits who plotted this dastardly murder’’, they said. They appreciated Pakistan Muslim League (N)’s decision to boycott the elections due on January 8 and APDM decision to suspend the campaign recently launched for the boycott of elections.

Benazir assassination: The unprecedented mass reaction
TARIQ Farooq
29 December 2007
Pakistan has never seen so many people protesting in streets all over as been the case during the last two days. They were all united across Pakistan to condemn the brutal murder of Benazir Bhutto. The news was heard with a great shock and there was an immediate mass anger erupted in all parts of Pakistan. 28th December was the first day of general strike called by many groups ranging from political parties to various professional groups.

Most of elections posters, banners, flags and bill boards of Pakistan Muslim League (PMLQ) were the first victim of the mass anger. PMLQ is a General Musharaf creation after 1999; a major split of Pakistan Muslim League, The rest is headed by Nawaz Sharif, the former prime minister. PMLQ has been sharing power with General Musharaf after 2002 and is comprised of the most corrupt feudal, capitalists, former army generals and black marketers.

PMLQ had spent billions of these advertising material and all that was gone within few hours of mass reaction. It was very proudly claiming that it has done the home work. The work to remove all these anti people election material was done with utmost sophistication. None of Pakistan Peoples Party or Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz election material was removed.

Then it was the banks mainly in Sind. They were attacked and the buildings were burned in many cities of Sind. Most of ATM machines were destroyed. In some places, people were lucky to bring some money home. Banks had made unprecedented profits during the last few years. There was no free banking any more that was the case earlier from sixties.

Hundreds of private buses were burned in all parts of the country. The fares had gone too high during the Musharaf eight years of rule. There were no more public buses. Most of PMLQ government ministers had their own bus companies and were making huge gains out of mass poverty.

There were also incidents of burning of railway trains in Sind. According to Daily Jang 28 railway stations, 13 railway engines, and seven trains have been burnt resulting over three billion Rupees loss. The rail fares were increased by many folds by Musharaf regime in a bid to reduce the railway losses. It has been partly privatized as well. The whole rail system has collapsed since 27th December night. Thousands of passengers are on the railway stations waiting for restoration. There is no sign of restoration for some days. Pakistan International Airlines PIA and two private airlines, Air Blue and Shaheen Air have cancelled all their domestic flights on the name of “rescheduling”. The staff did not turn up.

Thousands of private cars have been damaged all over Pakistan by the angry mob mainly youth. They were showing their anger on the car companies (mainly Toyota, Suzuki and Honda) unprecedented profits during the last few years. Many leasing companies have robbed the growing middle classes by offering cars with abnormal prices. While the massive majority of population have no more ant subsidized public transport.

The houses and offices of PMLQ politicians, local government’s mayors and administration are the other victims of the mass reaction. They have either been burnt or damaged.

Over 100 people have so far died in the incidents relation to mass protest either by police or by cross firing of different groups during the last 40 hours.

Thousands and thousands have raised slogans against Musharaf regime and American imperialism after the death of Benazir Bhutto. The anger was accumulated during the last eight years and was manifested after this unthinkable incident. This was a response of the masses to the strict implementation of neo liberal agenda which resulted in unprecedented price hike, unemployment and poverty. The anger that was to be shown in boycotting or participating in the elections has come out early after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

There is a great anti Musharaf consciousness all over. It is been shown in different ways in different part of the country in different degree. The so-called capitalist economical growth under Musharaf has left millions in absolute poverty. There was no Pakistan shining as was propagated by the dictatorship all the times.

The 2007 has been a year of mass awakening. It started with advocate movement after the removal of chief justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan. The chief justice Iftikhar Choudry said a big “No” to resign under pressure by the Generals. He was removed only to be reinstated on 20th July after a massive movement of 80,000 lawyer’s community. They were joined by political activists from almost all political parties but not by the masses. Masses only welcomed the chief justice from the side roads and did not participate in the movement in real terms.

Musharaf got himself elected as president for the second five year term in a “democratic manner” by a parliament elected for one five year term. He was still wearing military uniform when elected as “civilian” president. His theme was “elect me president for the second term and I will take off uniform after taking oath as civilian president”.

The November imposition of martial law on the name of emergency was used to remove the rather independent top judges of Pakistan. It put restrictions on the media and over 10,000 were arrested. Musharaf got himself duly “elected president” and took off uniform after removing the top judges. His hand picked judges gave him all the necessary backing. He was helped in this process by Benazir Bhutto who was forced into in Tariq Ali,s word “forced arranged marriage” by US and British imperialism. In this unholy alliance, every one was cheating everyone with utmost honestly.

The general elections were announced for January 8th and emergency lifted after the large scale repression and removal of independent judiciary. The regime was happy that everything is going according to “plan”. The Pakistan Peoples Party of Benazir Bhutto and Muslim League Nawaz and Quid Azam (PMLQ), the three major parties had agreed to participate in these fraudulent elections. The religious fundamentalist political alliance MMA had split on the question of participation in elections. One major part of MMA had gone to contest elections.

The campaign for and boycott the election had started when the religious fundamentalist stuck and killed Benazir Bhutto on 27th December evening. The “plan” was shattered into pieces. It was big blow to agreed terms and conditions of various participating parties in the elections. It was not a bumper on the road but a total destruction of the road of conciliations and compromises.

The murder of Benazir Bhutto is a double edge sword. While it is big blow to the plans of British and American imperialism, it will also be no celebration for the religious fundamentalist forces. The initial anger has gone against the military regime and its crony politicians. It can go against the both. No party will be able to celebrate the shocking killings.

But Musharaf regime has understood this clearly and now is trying consciously to put the direction of the movement against the religious fundamentalists. Last night on 28th December, in a two hour press conference, a military brigadier, representing the government named Baitullah Mehsud, an Al-Qaeda associate in tribal areas of Pakistan as the one who carried out the attack.

Foolishly he tried his best to prove that Benazir Bhutto is not killed by a bullet but by the lever of sun roof of the bullet proof car while Benazir Bhutto was waving to crowds outside after the bomb blast. What difference it makes, if it is proved that Benazir Bhutto is killed not by the bullet but by another way? Not much.

The military Brigadier explanation did not satisfied the angry journalists who asked him again and again about the connections of secret intelligence agencies of Pakistan with Abdullah Mahsood. The question, that why Mahsood released quietly over 200 Pakistan army men on the day of imposition of emergency, who were kidnapped by his group a week earlier, went unanswered. The military Inter Services Intelligence ISI has long time relationship with the religious fundamentalists groups dating back to Eighties when Imperialists and fundamentalists were close friends.

It is very volatile, unstable, unpredictable, explosive, dangerous, impulsive, fickle and capricious political situation. It never happened before in many years that mass reaction has erupted to this degree.

The general strike was a total success. All roads were empty. No traffic at all. All shops were closed. All industrial and other institutions were completely shut down.

After the initial inhibition to curb the strike, the regime has now issued strict orders to kill anyone on the spot if it is “looting” any thing. It has called the regular army in 16 districts of Sind and paramilitary forces elsewhere in Pakistan.

The regime has so for not postponed the scheduled elections but it is very difficult to hold elections in this situation. Nawaz Muslim League Nawaz and several other political parties have already announced to boycott the fraudulent elections.

Labour Party Pakistan is demanding an immediate resignation of Musharaf dictatorship and forming of an interim government comprising of civil society organizations, trade unions and peasant organizations. This is to hold free and fair general elections under an independent election commission. It is demanding an immediate restoration of top judges and investigations of Benazir and others murder in this and previous bomb blast by these top judges. As part of All Parties Democratic Movement, LPP is supporting a three day general strike and linking it to the overthrow of the military dictatorship. It is asking all parties to reject the general elections fraud on 8th January and not to participate in these elections.

29th December 2007 (7am)

Farooq Tariq
Labour Party Pakistan
40-Abbot Road Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: 92 42 6315162 Fax: 92 42 6271149 Mobile: 92 300 8411945

author by staring at goatspublication date Wed Jan 02, 2008 20:38author address author phone Report this post to the editors

----Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has said UK investigators are to assist in the inquiry into the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. In a televised address, he said UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown had agreed to send a team of detectives from London to help establish what happened.---

local reaction :-

----- President Pervez Musharraf Wednesday announced to invite a British team of Scotland Yard to assist Government’s investigators in conducting the probe into the assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Addressing the nation live on State and private TV channels, the President also announced to form a commission to assess the damage suffered by the people in the recent riots following the incident of Ms Bhutto’s killing. “ It is essential to go into details of how Ms Benazir Bhutto was martyred. [{my emphasis}] It is necessary to remove the nation’s confusion over the manner in which she was assassinated,” he said, adding, “I request media not to add to this confusion.

Coverage on GEO TV (c/f article above 1st comment) follows US statement that UN inquiry is not needed (implying their veto of said & such).

---President Pervez Musharraf said Scotland Yard has been requested to send its investigation team to Pakistan. The team will arrive here shortly and assist our investigators engaged in the probe of Ms Bhutto’s murder, he added. “In this regard I thank the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown who accepted our request,” he said. “I hope the high level investigation into the murder case of Ms Bhutto will help remove all the doubts.” Mentioning the names of Baitullah Mehsud and Maulana Fazlullah, he said the same quarters are also involved in Benazir's assassination.
President Musharraf called Benazir a martyr and said her mission has always been his mission as well. He said that he would now carry forward her struggle for democracy and the fight against terrorism. He said the demise of Ms Bhutto caused the situation to deteriorate to such extent that it led to fill the overall atmosphere with uncertainty. “I realize the grief of Ms Bhutto’s sad demise permeates the rank and file of Pakistan Peoples Party as well as my Sindhi brothers and sisters,” President Musharraf pointed out, adding “I am also grieved and annoyed over this tragic incident.”
He said he fully valued the sentiments of the whole nation. He pointed out that when the whole nation particularly the PPP was expressing their shock and anger, some miscreants, mobs and political elements resorted to plundering and causing damage to the public and private property. As a result the whole nation had suffered huge losses amounting to hundreds of billions rupees.
The President said this situation could not be tolerated and action and stopped by taking a prompt action in this regard. He directed to take action against the negligent authorities. He said people who suffered damage will be compensated. For this I have ordered to constitute a commission to assess the damage caused by the violence and rioting in the country following the assassination of Ms Bhutto.............."

author by iosaf - (oh look @ last I've put my name to it - must be getting on)publication date Sat Jan 05, 2008 21:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Oh yep. You can't make this sort of stuff up. & as we all know Al Q. don't do high-tech do they? Like come on & tell me when they did! Or am I jumping about 25 years ahead of myself. Oh well. Read this :-

".........Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)on Friday unveiled post-mortem report (X-Ray) of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, according to which, “two to three tiny radio-densities underneath fracture segments were observed on both projections.”
“According to the report, the cause of death was open head injuries with depressed skull fracture, leading to cardiopulmonary arrest. The X-Ray report says that the depth of injury in the head is 5x3 centimetre. The shape of injuries is irregular alike to egg,” PPP Finance Secretary Dr Babar Awan told a news conference here at party Media Office. “According to the X-ray report, as many as 35 millimetre on X-ray measurement depressed fracture from fragment. The segment of injury is invisible electromagnet radiations,” Awan said. He said that first report of external postmortem, which the government was trying to hide, was prepared, by Dr Mussidiq Khan, Dr Habib Ahmed Khan, Dr Azam Yousif, Dr Aurangzeb Khan, Dr Saida Yaseen, Dr Qudsia Anjam Qurashi and Dr Nasir Khan. The PPP leader said, “electromagnetic radiations (waves) are invisible such as the waves used in technology of radio, TV or microwaves (radiations). All these devices make use of electromagnetic waves,” he said. (Radio waves, microwaves, visible light, and x-rays are all examples of electromagnetic waves that differ from each other in wavelength Electromagnetic waves are produced by the motion of electrically charged particles. These waves are also called “electromagnetic radiation” because they are emitted from the electrically charged particles. They travel through empty space as well as through air and other substances. The velocity of the radiation is equal to the velocity of light, but this radiation is not seen.) (Scientists have observed that electromagnetic radiation has dual “Personality.” Besides acting like waves, it acts like a stream of particles (called “photons” that have no mass.) The PPP leader said the government was trying to hide this report. This report gives clear-cut cause of death. He said that investigation must be conducted under the commission of United Nations (UN). He said that the PPP would provide all evidences to the commission of United Nations. Rejecting probe by Scotland Yard team, Babar Awan said that this team had failed to investigate the murder of former Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan. “Musharraf should immediately appoint this team for investigation into the killing of Chief of Awami Jamhori Wattan Party Nawab Akbar Bugti. Forcefully rejecting the statement of President Pervez Musharraf given to foreign media on Thursday, he said it was a fake statement. Before returning of former Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto to their homeland, Musharraf had said that he would block the way of both leaders. “The political orphan had said that they would not allow Benazir Bhutto to become Prime Minister for the third term. Unfortunately, both Pervezs are talking in the same tune,” he said. He said Pervez Musharraf is a retired servant, not representing the military. We demand Musharraf to vacate the Army House. He strongly condemned the attack on media van on way to Naudro, saying the DOP of Doud should be dismissed immediately.
APP adds: Pakistan People’s Party unveiled the external postmortem report prepared on December 28, 2007 to the media, asserting the cause of death was the hi-tech weapon..........."

in case you're too busy to have read that, or somehow I put you off considering this material & perhaps leave it on the initiate only knowledge ring - let's put it in numbered categories without getting carried away with ourselves for as good President General Musharref said in his last telly appearance the media have to play their part...

1) high tech weapon.
2) this isn't agatha christie.
3) we're going beyond throwing a shooter into a suicide bomb or allowing a shooter follow a suicide bomber.
4) tinfoil hats in the Pakistani & global Pakistani media community. who would have thought a JFK could have come out of this soooooooo quickly. like why go for the hightech when you could use dumdum bullets the DeMenezes way. Oh but I forgot - the men from the Yard are still considering the data.

if this still isn't convincing you that you ought have read my two other pieces very carefully, then go look at this -

suggested background reading, but sure if you can't read me now I wouldn't start looking for easy guides at this stage.
"How things go pop. "the text that ended Pakistan" Nov. 4th 2007

Musharraf's Waco July 10th 2007 -

author by pat cpublication date Mon Jan 07, 2008 15:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Heres another opinion on the assassination, from the LWPI. Full text at link.

We Condemn the Assassination of Benazir Bhutto
at the Hands of Political Islam

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto was expected, even by Benazir Bhutto herself. Pakistan is boiling under the heat of conflict between the global barbaric terrorist poles and their local representatives. The masses of Pakistan today are passing through a crucial phase of the bloody conflict between the forces of terrorism; the terrorism of Political Islam from one side, and the terrorism of Pervez Musharraf’s state, a close ally of the United States and one of the pillars of George Bush’s "War on Terror".

The method by which Benazir Bhutto was murdered, her previous exposure to similar assassination attempt and, her confrontation with Political Islam during the electoral campaign, clearly indicate that those who carried out this assassination are the forces of Political Islam; Al Qaida and other criminal Islamic groups in Pakistan.

The LWPI, strongly condemns and denounces this barbaric assassination of Benazir Bhutto and denounces all crimes of political assassination. At all time we stress; the unconditional and unrestricted political freedoms for all political forces, safety and security for the people, and detaching the society of Pakistan from the two poles of terrorism: Political Islamic terrorism and state terrorism, we appeal to the deprived masses in Pakistan not to be drawn into the polarization of those two criminal and reactionary forces which want to turn them into fuel for their own quest for power and control of the society.

The Left Worker-communist Party of Iraq - LWPI
December 27, 2007

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