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Headline: Musharraf Blaming the Victim?

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has blamed Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto for her own December assassination.

Musharraf, who is characterized as an ally of the U.S., told 60 Minutes:

"For standing up outside the car, I think it was she to blame alone —nobody else. Responsibility is hers."

No one else to blame? How about the people who killed her? Perhaps we can't blame them yet since the cause of death is still unknown. A suicide bomber blew himself up near her limousine, but there is also video footage of a gunman. I hope the outside investigation by the Scotland Yard might answer some questions.

Beyond his controversial comments, Musharaff has been criticized for imposing a long lasting state of emergency. He has been accused of undermining Pakistan's judiciary, media and political parties. President Bush has remained strong in his support for Musharaff. Bush may not have much of a choice but to urge Musharaff to guarantee fair play in the upcoming elections, as an unstable Pakistan (the only Islamic nation with nuclear weapons) would be a great threat to US security.


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nola45 nola45 9 years
But remember guys, we (the U.S.) are supporting Musharref! I think that he should have been protecting Bhutto, and that he's not unhappy to have her gone. And he's not pursuing terrorists with great zeal either -- they probably are paying him.
mecita mecita 9 years
I saw this interview. I was just shocked when he said it! On another note, we live in such a politicly correct world - it was fresh to hear someone say what they really think. Even when I don't agree with them. Shame Musharref!
Mystofflyn Mystofflyn 9 years
(in response to top comment) Every political figure has someone that wants them dead, so should they live in a bullet proof box?
onabanana onabanana 9 years
Musharraf is a dictator, let's just get that out there. He is a terrible dictator and the US is supporting him. I am so angry!
blingbling blingbling 9 years
Personally I think either the Pakastani government or Musharraf's supporters had to do with her assassination. He had the most to lose (his power) and his/the governments reactions and explanations since her death leave me very suspicious. Very convenient to blame al Quaeda, but they haven't taken responsibility - and they always DO.
TheMissus TheMissus 9 years
Musharraf's comments were WAY OUTTA LINE. Typical... A man being jealous and threatened by a woman's power.
kia kia 9 years
I am so angry with Pervez Musharraf's comments. How dare he. Her passing is so sad and his response has not helped Pakistan's situation.
littlemissme littlemissme 9 years
Isn't the official casue of death that she bumped her head when she was getting in to the car :? I thought I heard that somewhere...Sounds pretty strage. Since there was no autopsy, I don't think we'll ever find out what really happened to her.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I don't think it was a smart move for her to be outside the car when she knew people wanted her dead HOWEVER it's not all her fault. That country is filled with violence right now and while you can argue that she wouldn't be dead right now if she had stayed in the car, the reason she died is because she was shot and it's the gunman to blame. I hope her son can have some affect on bringing some peace and safety to the country and continuing her legacy.
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