Eyewitness inside Bhutto’s car: She was shot in the neck

posted at 1:41 pm on December 30, 2007 by Allahpundit

The eyewitness in question being her chief political advisor, who’s not entirely objective but still more credible than the government version that has her cracking her head open on the handle to her sunroof. No wonder her party is calling for an international investigation.

“I saw her: she looked as though she ducked in when she heard the firing. We did not realise that she had been hit by a bullet.”

He had looked up to see Miss Bhutto sliding back through the aperture in the roof of the white Land Cruiser. Moments later, the car was rocked by a huge explosion…

Dr Abbassi leant forward to see what was wrong. At first glance, she appeared to have escaped injury. Then he noticed the blood. It was seeping from a deep wound on the left side of her neck…

Naheeb Khan, Dr Abbassi’s wife, cradled the injured woman’s head in her lap, reaching up for her own headscarf, pulling it from her head, pressing it into the wound, trying to stem the flow. But the wound was deep and the blood seeped out, spreading down her neck and across her blue tunic.

The official Pakistani government line is that Miss Bhutto caught her head on the sunroof’s catch as she ducked inside, fracturing her skull. “Absolute facts – nothing but facts,” it said of its account. But Dr Abbassi leaves little room for doubt. There was too much blood, he said, and a gaping wound in her neck. She had been shot.

This account also rules out the Sun’s sniper scenario, of course, unless Abbassi somehow forgot to mention the hail of rifle shots piercing her body inside the car.

The Times of London has a photo sequence of the killers caught on film. And yes, the plural apparently is warranted. Exit question: How did they know it was the guy in the shawl who blew himself up instead of the gun?

Update: “Democracy,” Bhutto style — appointing a 19-year-old kid head of the party because he’s got the right last name.


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I’m sure no one will be surprised when I tell you that some of the people I know have accused Bush of plotting to kill her. Either that, or his foreign policies are the reason she’s dead.
I really don’t like liberals.

AteMyFoot on December 30, 2007 at 1:54 PM

At least the party is in the safe hands of Mr. 10%. You have to admire the speed and consistency of Muslim demockcrazy in action.

BL@KBIRD on December 30, 2007 at 1:56 PM

“Democracy,” Bhutto style — appointing a 19-year-old kid head of the party because he’s got the right last name.

Yea but his dad says he can’t talk because of his “tender age” so the dad is doing the talking for him

bnelson44 on December 30, 2007 at 1:58 PM

I guess I’m really struggling to figure out why if in fact she was shot why push the busted skull version. What’s the point?

lowandslow on December 30, 2007 at 2:08 PM

It seems like if extreme destabilization were going to take place we would have seen at least the start of it by now.

Being a fly on the wall in the Whitehouse situation room and in Musharef’s office equivalent would be very interesting indeed.

Speakup on December 30, 2007 at 2:09 PM

Bhutto wanted ties with Israel, sought Mossad protection

Israeli media reports on Friday revealed that slain Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto intended to establish official relations with the Jewish state if elected and was seeking Mossad protection in the interim.

bnelson44 on December 30, 2007 at 2:10 PM

I guess I’m really struggling to figure out why if in fact she was shot why push the busted skull version. What’s the point?

lowandslow on December 30, 2007 at 2:08 PM

I’m guessing that the Pakistani government may not have taken possession of the body and or accurate details may not be available.

Speakup on December 30, 2007 at 2:13 PM

The Daily Times has more on the cause of death of the former PPP leader Benazir Bhutto:

A 3-page medical report, a copy of which is available with Daily Times, stated that an open-head injury with depressed skull fracture caused a cardiopulmonary arrest. The Interior Ministry had claimed that Benazir suffered a head injury after hitting the lever of her vehicle’s sunroof. The report read, “Benazir was pulse-less and was not breathing when she was brought to the hospital. Her pupils were fixed dilated and non-reacting to light. A wound was present on the right temporo-parietal region through which blood was trickling down and a whitish material, which looked like brain matter was visible in the wound.”It said that cardiopulmonary resuscitation was given as soon as Benazir was brought to the hospital. azaz syed

bnelson44 on December 30, 2007 at 2:26 PM

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007\12\30\story_30-12-2007_pg1_7

bnelson44 on December 30, 2007 at 2:28 PM

Hillary(D) the truther:

…for the second time in as many days, she cast doubt on Musharraf’s contention that the suicide bombing that led to the death of the country’s most popular opposition leader was masterminded by al-Qaida.

“There are those saying that al-Qaida did it. Others are saying it looked like it was an inside job — remember Rawalpindi is a garrison city,” she said.

DANEgerus on December 30, 2007 at 2:30 PM

Hillary(D) the truther:

“This is President GW Bush. In responce to the assassination of Bhutto I am appointing a commission to investigate her death. It will be a blue ribbon panel led by distinguished Senator Hillary Clinton who has been pushing for an investigation.

Im sure Hillary will be eager to get to the bottom of these events and is willing to take time out of her busy schedule to address this issue that is so important to her. I will have a plane fly her to Pakistan within the hour”

William Amos on December 30, 2007 at 2:36 PM


“There was a bullet wound I saw that went in from the back of her head and came out the other side. We could not even wash her properly because the wound was still seeping. She lost a huge amount of blood,” Sherry explained.

The eyewitness in question being her chief political advisor, who’s not entirely objective but still more credible than the government version that has her cracking her head open on the handle to her sunroof.

Thweeeeeet !!!

elgeneralisimo calls BS…

Lots of conflicting eyewitness accounts as to how many bullet holes, their location, etc… As ignominious as it is to her supporters, the Pakistani government report is thus far the most credible.

elgeneralisimo on December 30, 2007 at 2:48 PM

Juxtapose the coverage of this event, since the beginning, with a story that Drudge has found about an event at an Arkansan High School, add the various comments about the event, and a reasonable person would conclude that News reporting is done by people who have achieved the remarkable intellectual and emotional development of your average sophomore in high school.

rockhauler on December 30, 2007 at 2:52 PM

Next step it to get a positive (independent) ID of the perps. Who were they, exactly? Who recruited them and what did the recruiters promise their families?

Zorro on December 30, 2007 at 3:09 PM

Amazing. It is the 21st Century. Little magic machines everywhere that can capture the smallest details in sight and sound. Powerful governments. Eyewitnesses. Security details. Professionals.

Whadda we get? Who REALLY stabbed Caesar in the Senate?

We are all just a bunch of bald monkeys.

Limerick on December 30, 2007 at 3:10 PM

Update: “Democracy,” Bhutto style — appointing a 19-year-old kid head of the party because he’s got the right last name.

With similar stories in other International papers the people of Pakistan are well on their way to demonstrating to everyone on the planet that their average IQ is all the way up there in double digits, leaving one to wonder how they every managed to build a nuclear bomb.

Feel free to label me a racist bigot, I don’t mind, but I quote a world famous philosopher who said, ” My momma told me that stupid is as stupid does”.

Have a nice day.

rockhauler on December 30, 2007 at 3:21 PM

Hillary(D) the truther:

…for the second time in as many days, she cast doubt on Musharraf’s contention that the suicide bombing that led to the death of the country’s most popular opposition leader was masterminded by al-Qaida.

“There are those saying that al-Qaida did it. Others are saying it looked like it was an inside job — remember Rawalpindi is a garrison city,” she said.

DANEgerus on December 30, 2007 at 2:30 PM

I’m guessing that we can expect a serious misinformation
barrage during the term of a Clinton Presidency. Couple that to siding with our enemy and we could be in BIG trouble. UN rule with Bill Clinton in charge? It sounds crazy but Hillary was a proponent of Bills UN aspirations.

sonnyspats1 on December 30, 2007 at 3:23 PM

“Democracy,” Bhutto style — appointing a 19-year-old kid head of the party because he’s got the right last name.

Because Americans would never promote people on the basis of their last names….

Considering the fact that Pakistan has had so much instability, it’s more forgivable for them to try to stick with known quantities than for us to keep electing people based on family ties due to sheer nostalgia and money-raising abilities.

calbear on December 30, 2007 at 4:07 PM

Does anyone have a theory….?….oh wait…stupid question…nevermind

franksalterego on December 30, 2007 at 4:24 PM

“The Times of London has a photo sequence of the killers caught on film.”

Carlos the Jackal is still alive. He’s in prison… or at least there’s a man in prison, who looks like him.

Apeking on December 30, 2007 at 4:43 PM

Yea but his dad says he can’t talk because of his “tender age” so the dad is doing the talking for him

bnelson44 on December 30, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Saw the kid making a speech this morning. His English was flawless and it was reported that further speeches would be in English since his Urdu is less than stellar.

baldilocks on December 30, 2007 at 5:07 PM

Actually, Allah, the name ‘Bhutto’ was added to his name today – his name until yesterday was Bilawal Zardari – something that would remind people more of his corrupt father than of his taquiyya spouting mom. So that name was added to him today, but since he doesn’t have a Bachelor’s degree, he can’t run for office. (I’m surprised that Pakistan doesn’t have a lower age limit, but I guess the education requirement probably covers it).

Interesting too, that Bhutto’s last words were “Long live Bhutto”. Self before family, family before country

infidelpride on December 30, 2007 at 5:52 PM

Dead is dead. The pragmatic truth for US-Pakistani relations is that who did it and why are less important than if Pakistan’s current regime can keep its nukes safe and it’s Jihadists under control.

The Pakistani government hasn’t been helping its case by the sparse information, the conflicting medical reports, and absurdities like the “hit her head” theory. The fact remains that the state-provided security was far from adequate no matter what the circumstances. I’m not a member of the grassy knoll gang to suggest that there were many public officials that had motive and were in a position to assassinate a political rival.

highhopes on December 30, 2007 at 6:20 PM

I’m sure no one will be surprised when I tell you that some of the people I know have accused Bush of plotting to kill her. Either that, or his foreign policies are the reason she’s dead.
I really don’t like liberals.

AteMyFoot on December 30, 2007 at 1:54 PM

Next time they do that, ask them why Clinton “let” Pakistan go nuclear in the first place. We wouldn’t give a crap about all this if they didn’t have nukes.

Dudley Smith on December 30, 2007 at 6:58 PM

With her husband and son taking over the party, I’m of the mind he had a friend in the limo saying, “Why don’t you stand up and wave through the sunroof, Benazir.”

MayBee on December 30, 2007 at 7:42 PM

I heard a report on the radio today that “without the Bhutto name, the party is nothing” which means that the party is apparently a family run dynasty of graft.

crosspatch on December 31, 2007 at 1:32 AM