Daily Revolt

January 01, 2008

Bhutto Planned to Expose Government Scheme to Rig Vote

There is question now that the government was behind Bhutto's assassination:
On the day she was killed, opposition leader Benazir Bhutto planned to give two U.S. lawmakers a dossier accusing the ruling regime and Pakistan's intelligence service of rigging upcoming elections, an aide said Tuesday.

Sen. Latif Khosa, a lawmaker from Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples Party, said she planned to meet Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island on Thursday evening, a few hours after the rally where she was killed.

She was preparing to give the U.S. lawmakers a 160-page report of complaints on "pre-poll rigging" the government of President Pervez Musharraf and the military-run Inter-services Intelligence Service was engaged in, Khosa said.

And of course, Musharraf will delay the election. It is so obvious, what makes them think they can get away with it:
Pakistani electoral officials have decided "in principle" to delay a January 8 poll after Benazir Bhutto's killing last week sparked turmoil in the nuclear-armed country, but put off a final decision until Wednesday.

The Election Commission said it had to consult political parties before announcing a new date.

The opposition leader's assassination on Thursday triggered bloodshed across the nation and rage against President Pervez Musharraf, casting doubts on Pakistan's stability and the transition to democratic rule of the country, a front-line ally in U.S. anti-terrorism efforts. Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP), which can expect to reap a considerable sympathy vote after Bhutto's murder, says it opposes any delay.

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