Did Musharraf Manipulate Medical Reports of Bhutto's Assassination?
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New details of Benazir Bhutto's final moments, including indications that her doctors felt pressured to conform to government accounts of her death...added to the pressure on Pakistan's leaders to accept an international inquiry.
Athar Minallah, a board member of the hospital where Ms. Bhutto was treated, released her medical report along with an open letter showing that her doctors wanted to distance themselves from the government theory that Ms. Bhutto had died by hitting her head on a lever of her car's sunroof during the attack.
In his letter, Mr. Minallah, who is also a prominent lawyer, said the doctors believed that an autopsy was needed to provide the answers to how she actually died. Their request for one last Thursday was denied by the local police chief....
While the Cheney/Musharraf faction and the Rice/reform(ish) faction battle it out internally on how the US should proceed, we look like dithering idiots when the US ought to be standing up for real democratic principles: openness, honesty and integrity in an investigation, free and fair elections, and independent judiciary, for starters. Making this statement from Sen. Hillary Clinton in the immediate aftermath of the Bhutto assassination look all the more prescient:
Christy Hardin Smith is a former attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review.