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PressTV |February 9, 2011
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has accused former President Pervez Musharraf of assassinating the country's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

According to the FIA Tuesday report, Musharraf had appointed two senior policemen, who were suspected of not giving adequate protection to opposition leader Bhutto at the time of her murder.

Musharraf is accused of giving the pair their orders.

In December 2010, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court issued warrants for the arrest of the two officers for their failure to protect Bhutto, as they also, later, refused to conduct a post-mortem on her body.

The two were Rawalpindi's police chief at the time, Saud Aziz, and another senior police officer, Khurram Shahzad.

Arrest warrants were issued and the two policemen were detained.

According to FIA, the officers had failed to provide adequate security to Bhutto, denied her a post-mortem and were also responsible for hosing down the scene of the killing immediately after the crime.

Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007 in a suicide attack as she was leaving an election rally in Rawalpindi. A gunman had reportedly shot her in the neck and set off a bomb. At least 20 other people died in the attack and several more were injured.

Bhutto's widower, President Asif Ali Zardari, who won the presidency after Bhutto's death, has pointed the finger of blame at the then government of Musharraf and threatened to take action against the former military ruler.
Prosecutor in Bhutto Killing and Mumbai Attacks Assassinated in Pakistan
Aamir Qureshi/Agence France-Presse

MULTAN, Pakistan Gunmen fatally shot a Pakistani prosecutor who had been investigating the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and the 2008 Mumbai attacks, carrying out an assassination that threw into turmoil Pakistan's most politically charged cases.

Assailants opened fire on Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali as he was leaving his home in a suburb of the capital, Islamabad, for a court hearing in which the former military leader, Pervez Musharraf, faces charges in relation to Ms. Bhutto's death.

Initial reports said that gunmen traveling by motorbike and car sprayed Mr. Ali's car with bullets, wounding his bodyguard and killing a woman passer-by when his car veered out of control. Television footage from the scene showed a bullet-riddled car crashed by the roadside.

Mr. Ali died before he reached a hospital in Islamabad, where a doctor said he had been shot 13 times. One reporter at the scene said that one of the assailants had been wounded by Mr. Ali's bodyguard but managed to escape.

Mr. Ali represented the Federal Investigation Agency, which has implicated Mr. Musharraf in the case of Ms. Bhutto, who was assassinated in December 2007, just before the last election.

But he was also involved in another sensitive case: the trial of seven people from the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba who have been charged with orchestrating the Mumbai attacks of November 2008.

After a court hearing on April 30, Mr. Ali told reporters there was "solid evidence" that connected Mr. Musharraf with Ms. Bhutto's death. Investigators had compiled evidence that "directly connect the accused" with the killing, he said.

Mr. Ali was also involved in other prominent cases including the militant assault on the military's general headquarters in Rawalpindi in October 2009, and the trial of militants accused of orchestrating the Mumbai attacks.

The killing comes at a politically sensitive time, with Pakistanis due to go to the polls for a general election on May 11. Campaigning has been marred by widespread Taliban violence against candidates from secular parties.

Mr. Musharraf, who returned from exile in order to contest the election last month, faces charges in several cases related to his time in power, including the murder of Ms. Bhutto, the killing of a Baloch nationalist leader, and the firing of senior judges.

Mr. Musharraf has been disqualified from contesting the election and earlier this week a court banned him from politics for life. The retired general also faces possible treason charges, although no decision will be taken until a new government is formed after the May 11 election.

A lawyer for Mr. Musharraf condemned the killing shortly afterward and said that killers should be brought to justice.

In the court hearing in nearby Rawalpindi, lawyers for Mr. Musharraf argued that he should be exempted from appearing in person in the case, Pakistani television stations reported. The hearing was adjourned until May 14.
KARACHI: An candidate for the upcoming elections belonging to the Awami National Party (ANP) was killed on friday in Karachi's Bilal colony area in Korangi, DawnNews reported.

The candidate, Sadiq Zaman Khattak, was contesting elections from Karachi's NA-254 constituency and was shot to death by unknown gunmen near a mosque.

Moreover five more persons, including two children were also injured in the attack.

Fear and panic gripped the area and markets and businesses in the vicinity closed down after the incident.

In another incident a worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was killed and two other persons were injured in a gunfiring incident in Paposh area of Karachi.
It has always been a volatile area but it seems more so now than at any time. Bandit country.
Quote:Investigators claim solid evidence against Musharraf in Bhutto's murder case

ISLAMABAD, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani investigators said Tuesday that they have "solid evidences" against former President Pervez Musharraf in connection with the killing of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto as a court ordered Musharraf to remain in judicial lock-up for two more weeks, local media reported.

Musharraf was not produced before the Anti-Terrorism Court on Tuesday over security concerns and the judge passed the order in his absence.

Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008 and returned from self-exile last month, has been accused of failing to provide adequate security to Benazir Bhutto when she returned to Pakistan from exile in 2007.

The former president has denied all charges and said that he was not directly responsible for Benazir's security and it was the responsibility of the local authorities.

The court on April 26 had remanded him for fours days to the Federal Investigation Agency, which is investigating the killing of Benazir Bhutto in a suicide bomb attack and firing in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

Investigators told the court that they have completed questioning of the former president and do not seek more time. So the court sent him on judicial remand until May 14, a spokesman for Musharraf said. Musharraf will remain in prison on the day when Pakistanis will go to poll on May 11.

Chaudhry Zulfikar, a prosecutor, said that Musharraf has tried to shift his liability and responsibility on others in the case.

"There are solid evidences about Pervez Musharraf, which prove him guilty in the case," Zulfikar told reporters outside the court 's premises.

He said a joint investigation team has included all the evidence in the documents, "which directly connect the accused' with the incident.

He said that former Interior Minister Rehman Malik has also been asked to record his statement in the case as he had been in charge of Benazir Bhutto's security when she was attacked shortly after she spoke to her supporters.

The prosecutor also said that an American journalist Mark Siegel, who had claimed threats to Benazir Bhutto, will also record his statement during the proceedings.

Siegel, who has served as lobbyist for Bhutto in the United States had said earlier that he was with her in London when then President Pervez Musharraf called and threatened her. Musharraf had denied the allegations.

"Mark Siegel is a key witness in the case and he will be produced in the court during the proceedings to record his statement," Zulfikar said.

The then government of Musharraf had blamed Pakistani Taliban for the attack, but the charges were denied by the militants.

Five suspects are currently facing trial for Bhutto's assassination, who had denied any involvement.

It's in everyones interest to destabilise Pakistan and to stop it advancing as a country. As long as the foreign money keeps pouring in blood will continue to be spilled.
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It's in everyones interest to destabilise Pakistan and to stop it advancing as a country. As long as the foreign money keeps pouring in blood will continue to be spilled.
For sure Danny. Many powers do benefit form a destabilised Pakistan, India, the UK and US just for starters. It is a pawn in the great game. Then are internal players who also benefit from retention of their feudal privileges. But most Pakistanis have a terrible time of all this. Do you see Musharaff as likely behind this or are there others too?
Another bomb just exploded to try to kill another candidate...fortunately, the assassination failed. There will be MORE!
Some one doesn't have popular support but is desperate for power....

CIA and ISI Set to Work in Pakistan When the Economic Hit-men Fail, Terrorism

Posted on May 9, 2013 by willyloman
by Scott Creighton

What we see happening in Pakistan is a "preemptive regime change" using the EXACT same tactics we used in Nicaragua, Yugoslavia and Libya and the EXACT same tactics we are currently using in Syria. The only difference is it is happening before an administration can be elected into office. An administration that we know will not be favorable to U.S. interests.

It's a preemptive regime change where the leaders of our nation view real democracy as the greatest threat to their "national interests".

How to work "democracy" in the modern day world.
If you can't hijack the election, rig the votes with e-voting machines or buy the leading candidate in a country where our "national interests" have an interest, what you do is bring in the CIA and their terrorists to kill and maim enough innocent men, women and children to stop the real election and impose a military dictatorship led by a former dictator like Pervez Musharraf for example.
That is exactly what is happening in Pakistan right now. It's unfolding right before our eyes while most alternative news sites are bantering back and forth on how much the Obama administration is guilty of in the Benghazi Psyop. (I won't touch those "new developments" because first of all, they aren't "new" and second, I told you all a long time ago while it was happening that it was all about justifying stepping up our presence in Libya and the rest of Africa. I told you it was all staged then and now our "truth telling" alternative sites are saying… it was all staged. been there, done that)
People are dying in a country that we call friends simply because they are going to vote for a man who is sick and tired of the U.S. bombing his country with drones and trying to force everyone to work for pennies a day. We brought Musharraf back but he is hated by the people and being prosecuted by the courts, so of course, we killed the lead prosecutor to fix that problem, but he'll never be elected president and our latest actions have driven the population right into the waiting arms of the candidate we cannot stand (and by "we" I mean Goldman Sachs, Jp Morgan, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Exxon, WalMart, Humana, Blue Cross, GE, Wall Street… you know… the only "we" that matters in Washington).
So, what does "the land of the free and the home of the brave" do? Same thing we always do. We kill civilians in order to kill democracy. That's what our "heroes" in the CIA do. Personally I can't wait for the CIA to write another Zero Dark Thirty or ARGO to spin this story. What's Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie doing for the next couple of years?
On May 7, separate bomb attacks in northwestern Pakistan targeted three candidates from different parties participating in the elections. Nearly 20 people died in the bombings.
Another bomb blast during the early hours of Thursday in the southern port city of Karachi left 18 people, including women and children, wounded. The blast hit an area near a political campaign office in Karachi's Mehmudabad neighborhood.
The death toll from attacks ahead of Pakistan's elections has surpassed 100." Press TV
It is no shock to anyone reading this that I am going to say that the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world is the Central Intelligence Agency. They have been the bloody hand of American savage capitalism since their inception and that tradition continues today in an unprecedented and completely unrestrained fashion.
U.S. interests have been at odds with the Pakistani government since we lost our puppet dictator, Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf went into exile in London of course after he was forced from his seat of power by the will of the people who had put up with all they could. A real election took place and as usual, the U.S. backed neoliberal business-first candidate failed to win, so little things have been happening in Pakistan that make our "national interests" a little nervous.
One of those little things is the Iran-Pakistan Peace Pipeline. Well, that's kinda a big one since we staged 9/11 and then blamed al Qaeda in Afghanistan for the purpose of getting the Trans Afghan Pipeline on-line with enough U.S. soldiers guarding it as it takes to prove to our "national interests" that their investment will be safe. As a side note, the Afghan president has now agreed to 9 permanent U.S. bases in his country after our "withdrawal" from his country. That, my friends, is the point I am making.
There are other "little things" like the British plan to impose for-profit education systems all across the country. Education systems where they will teach young Pakistani kids that it is quite normal to be in service to London or Wall Street for their entire lives. We can thank the Malala psyop for that one.
In short, Pakistan is of vital importance to the ongoing Great Game of the Silk Road project. They couldn't buy Pakistan, they couldn't influence the people of the country that British neoliberalism is the best future for their children, so now in desperation, they are killing civilians in order to stop democracy and the will of the people dead in it's tracks.
And there is literally nothing being said about it all in our so-called "alternative" press.
Quote:There are other "little things" like the British plan to impose for-profit education systems all across the country. Education systems where they will teach young Pakistani kids that it is quite normal to be in service to London or Wall Street for their entire lives. We can thank the Malala psyop for that one.

Malala Yousafzai foundation makes first grant

Funding given to Pakistan group for putting 40 girls through school, while actor Angelina Jolie pledges $200,000, Friday 5 April 2013 02.33 EDT
[Image: Malala-Yousafzais-foundat-010.jpg] Malala Yousafzai's foundation has made its first grant to a girls' education organisation in the Swat valley of Pakistan. Photograph: AP

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl brought to England after being shot in the head by the Taliban, has announced the first donation from her new education charity with the support of Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie.

Malala, who now attends Edgbaston high school for girls in Birmingham, said it was the happiest moment of her life in a video played at the Women in the World summit in New York.

The 15-year-old set up the Malala Fund after the Taliban tried to assassinate her in October 2012 for asserting her right to go to school in her home country.

She spent hours undergoing major surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where surgeons tried to repair the damage caused by a bullet that grazed her brain.

The grant of US$45,000 (£29,500) will be given to an unnamed organisation in the Swat Valley in Pakistan to support the education of 40 girls aged five to 12 who would otherwise be forced into domestic labour.

The organisation, which was not named for security reasons, will offer a safe place for the girls to study as well as financial support for their families.

In a video played to an audience of thousands Malala said: "Announcing the first grant of the Malala Fund is the happiest moment in my life.

"I invite all of you to support the Malala Fund and let us turn the education of 40 girls into 40 million girls."

Jolie, a UN special envoy, introduced the video and pledged to give $200,000 to the fund. She praised the girl's courage.

"Here's what they accomplished," Jolie said of Malala's attackers. "They shot her point-blank range in the head and made her stronger. The brutal attempt to silence her voice made it stronger."

The Malala Fund supports the education and empowerment of girls in Pakistan and around the world and provides grants to civil society organisations and individuals focused on education.

The fund is run by a board of trustees, including Malala and her family, with the support of the Vital Voices Global Partnership, founded by Hilary Clinton.
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