Thursday, January 03, 2008

Bhutto - killed by "laser weapon"

Benazir Bhutto may have been assassinated by a laser weapon, the Pakistan Peoples Party has told The Nation newspaper. Though not widely reported at this time, some details have emerged on news websites on the Internet. When Bhutto was admitted to Rawalpindi General Hospital shortly after the fatal attack on her on December 27, doctor Musaddiq Khan, who treated her, told a PPP leader that it was "the first time in his life" he had seen such a wound. Bhutto's wounds were not caused by bullets and she had died before reaching the hospital. A part of her brain and blood had spilled out from her head, they quoted the doctor as saying. The sources also claimed both the gunshots and the bomb blast in the attack on Bhutto "were a decoy to hide the real shooters". The paper further quoted the sources as saying that the militant leader Baitullah Mehsud and the Taliban, blamed for her assassination by the government, did not have such technology.

But some are dismissive of the idea. The claim was published in The Nation, and was "probably not" true so says Mike Nizza in the NY Times blog. He quotes John E. Pike, a weapons expert in Virginia, who has expressed major doubts about the claim in an e-mail exchange with The Lede. “It is physically possible, but completely improbable,” said Mr. Pike, who is the director of, a private group that tracks military affairs.
“The beam generator would be pretty hefty — an 18-wheeler or thereabouts — and not likely to be in the hands of any party that would do such a deed,” he said.

The news will further exacerbate an already volatile situation in the country and comes on the day that a delay in the election was announced. It will now be held on February 18th. Meanwhile Scotland Yard are to head for Pakistan in order to investigate the assassination. Whatever their verdict, some will never be satisfied with the answers [Sky News].

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