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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:55 PM
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Key Benazir Bhutto assassination witness shot dead
Source: The Telegraph (UK)

Khalid Shahenshah, who was the former Pakistan prime minister's security chief at the time of her assassination, was killed in a drive-by shooting as he left his house in the southern port city of Karachi on Tuesday, police said.
He was expected to be called to give evidence at a United Nations probe into her death.

"He was a key witness in the case and was also interviewed by the Scotland Yard experts who came to Pakistan to investigate her killing," said Waqar Mehdi, the junior information minister of Sindh province.

"There is a possibility that his killing could be linked to his status as a witness, although investigations are still underway."

PPP officials have accused Pakistan's powerful military and intelligence services of involvement in her killing, rejecting suggestion the Taliban were responsible.

Party officials suspect that more than one attacker was involved in the murder.Zulfikar Mirza, the Sindh home minister, said it was "premature to say that Khalid was killed for being a witness in Benazir Bhutto's assassination case".

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan...
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:58 PM
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1. Sometimes I think global warming is not a bad thing
but more like the Earth ridding herself of a parasite.
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Fed_Up_Grammy Donating Member (923 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:58 PM
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2. Unbelievable ! They think there is a "possibility" it could be
linked to his witness status.

Well duh !!!!!!!!!!
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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:04 PM
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4. yeah.
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:23 PM
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10. Saying there is a "possibility" is a lot more than
was ever said about any of deaths of witnesses to JFK's murder - those were just coincidences and anyone who thinks otherwise is crazy. :sarcasm:
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:59 PM
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3. Actually, both could be involved.
Bil Laden funded a no confidence vote when he was in Peshawar and Bhutto was in power. Either way, the Taliban and assorted mujahideen along with the military didn't want her return. Thanks for posting.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:24 PM
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5. It was the Mush Man and Cheney's Operatives from SAIC
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 08:36 PM
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6. Science Applications International Corporation?
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 08:53 PM by mmonk
Why them? Eliminating Bhutto means we wouldn't be invited in in order to flush out Taliban strongholds in the North West Province. Wouldn't that be counterproductive? Is this to protect the Khan network? (I understand Musharraf's motivatons)
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:10 PM
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7. That's one scenario
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:13 PM
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8. Anymore? I've been trying to work it all out ever since the assassination
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:19 PM
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9. Here's another
The Bush administration plans to shift nearly $230 million in aid to Pakistan from counterterrorism programs to upgrading that countrys aging F-16 attack planes, which Pakistan prizes more for their contribution to its military rivalry with India than for fighting insurgents along its Afghan border.

Some members of Congress have greeted the proposal with dismay and anger, and may block the move. Lawmakers and their aides say that F-16s do not help the counterterrorism campaign and defy the administrations urgings that Pakistan increase pressure on Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in its tribal areas.

The timing of the action also caught lawmakers off guard, prompting some of them to suspect that the deal was meant to curry favor with the new Pakistani prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, who will meet with President Bush in Washington next week, and to ease tensions over the 11 members of the Pakistani paramilitary forces killed in an American airstrike along the Afghan border last month.

The financing for the F-16s would represent more than two-thirds of the $300 million that Pakistan will receive this year in American military financing for equipment and training. Last year, Congress required those funds to be used specifically for law enforcement or counterterrorism purposes. Pakistans military has rarely used its current fleet of F-16s, which were built in the 1980s, for close-air support of counterterrorism missions, largely because the risks of civilian casualties would inflame anti-government sentiments in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. State Department officials say the upgrades would greatly enhance the F-16s ability to strike insurgents more accurately, while reducing the risk to civilians. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Congress is weighing the plan, said the timing was driven by deadlines of the American contractor, Lockheed Martin.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/24/world/asia/24pstan.ht ...
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:26 PM
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11. Sheesh, this only solidifies our mistakes.
Tensions are already high in the country because all our aid goes to the military increasing social tensions. I guess there's money to be made.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:39 PM
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12. Think about this.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:02 PM
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13. Alot to think about.
I was aware of them including some items mentioned but not aware of the bioweapons connection and Anthrax.
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judasdisney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 05:21 AM
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14. Purely coincidence
Just like David Kelly and Cliff Baxter.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 05:25 AM
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15. Gosh, I am...so...surprised.
Just a coincidence, I'm sure.

Bushies lure Bhutto to return to Pakistan.
Bushie Ally Masharraf refuses Bhutto security.
Bhutto shot dead.

Just like 9/11, there is no way we'll know what truly happened to Bhutto. But those three lines I posted above, are true facts of the case.
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