The Pakistani government has to investigate the attack: over ten dozen deaths in a major city, of a returning popular leader, with international news coverage, can't be ignored. My guess is that at least some in Pakistan's government would just as soon close their eyes and pretend the attack never happened. The October 18, 2007, assassination attempt involves some debatable judgment and odd coincidences.
- Bhutto refused government plea to take helicopter to Pakistan founder's tomb
- Bhutto's convoy took 10 hours to get through Karachi
- Street lights went out at sunset, giving attackers cover
- Phone service went out, preventing Bhutto's convoy from asking for help
- Bhutto went inside her armored vehicle shortly before the blasts
- Bhutto wants American and British experts to help Pakistan's government investigate the attack
- Pakistan's government
- Refuses foreign help
- Made an odd choice for chief investigator of the attack:
a police officer who had been present when Bhutto's father was "allegedly" tortured in 1999
(Bhutto's father was accused of corruption: presumably, that's why he was "allegedly" tortured)
Pakistan's government has evidence to work with:
- Pieces of vehicles
- Pieces of people
including what presumably is a suicide bomber's head - somewhat the worse for wear, but recognizable
Pakistani politicos and others already have their own explanations for who's to blame for the bombing:
- Bhutto, who should have followed government advice, and taken a helicopter instead of driving through Karachi
- Bhutto's husband, who tried to blow up his wife in order to boost her popularity
- Elements in the Pakistani government, who don't want Bhutto to win upcoming elections
Pakistan leader Musharraf's religious affairs minister is Haq's son. The young Haq is one of the people that Bhutto is responsible for the assassination attempt.
It's a complicated situation, to put it mildly.
I think it's also a case in point for how we can't assume that countries in the Middle East and elsewhere are equivalent to America and other countries that enjoy the rule of law.
One of the most obvious differences is that here in America, politicos throw metaphorical mud at each other. Elsewhere, they throw bombs. Or, send young nitwits with grenades and suicide vests.
Related posts, on Individuals and the War on Terror.
Posts about Benazir Bhutto.