THE ASSASSINATION OF BENAZIR BHUTTO BOOK
Getting Away with Murder book. Read 11 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. On December 27, , a suicide bomber killed Benazir Bhut. I picked up this book because I wanted to know how the assassination of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto took place on 27th December and its background . The assassination of Benazir Bhutto took place on 27 December in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Books written; Daughter of Destiny: An Autobiography · Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West.
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“Munoz has written a brilliant, incisive and page turning book―the last word on Benazir Bhutto's assassination. The murder of Benazir Bhutto shook a nation and . cittadelmonte.info: Getting Away with Murder: Benazir Bhutto's Assassination and the Politics Audio Edition): Heraldo Muñoz, Fajer Al-Kaisi, Audible Studios: Books. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. In , in the midst of an electoral campaign, former “Munoz has written a brilliant, incisive and page turning book―the last word on Benazir Bhutto's assassination. The murder of Benazir Bhutto shook a.
By the lead commissioner of the UN investigation, an authoritative account of Benazir Bhutto's assassination. On December 27, , a suicide bomber killed Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan. Brilliant and charismatic, the head of a political family as important to Pakistani history as the Gandhis in India or the Kennedys in the United States, Bhutto had recently returned from exile to challenge military dictator Pervez Musharraf in a democratic election. In the aftermath of the assassination, some blamed Musharraf; others blamed terrorists linked to the Pakistani security service, the ISI; still others pointed the finger at Bhutto's own spouse and entourage; and some speculated that it was a lone wolf attack. Though the individuals behind the conspiracy have never been found, in Getting Away with Murder Heraldo Munoz goes further than anyone else to unravel the mystery of Bhutto's death. Moreover, he explains the unexpected role America played in the tragic events, the byzantine relationship between Pakistan and the United States, and how Bhutto's assassination impacted world politics. In a country ruled more often by military dictators than by elected governments, Bhutto offered a secular, democratic hope.
However, as quoted in an article in The New York Times: Bhutto's funeral occurred on the afternoon of 28 December Both her children and her husband travelled with her body. Earlier they reached Chaklala Air Base by a special flight to get her body. The family delivered the body to its site of burial via helicopter. Bhutto was laid to rest beside her father in the family tomb.
After Bhutto's death, supporters wept and broke the hospital's glass doors, threw stones at cars, and reportedly chanted "Dog, Musharraf, dog" outside the hospital, referring to President Musharraf. Demonstrations were widespread in Pakistan with police using tear gas and batons to break up angry demonstrations in Peshawar. Protests in Multan also had protesters burning tires and blocking traffic. Similar scenes were witnessed in Karachi , Bhutto's home city. Musharraf ordered a crackdown on rioters and looters to ensure safety and security.
On 28 December the riots deteriorated, especially in the Sindh Province , the homeground of Bhutto. Foreign outlets, trains, banks and vehicles were destroyed or burned and protesters took over the streets, chanting slogans and setting tires on fire in several cities. At least 47 people died in the riots. Then it was the banks mainly in Sind. They were attacked and the buildings were burned in many cities of Sind.
Getting Away with Murder: Benazir Bhutto's Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan
Most of the automated teller machines were destroyed. In some places, people were lucky to bring some money home. Hundreds of private buses were burned in all parts of the country. There were also incidents of burning of trains in Sind.
According to the Daily Jang:.
Over people died in the incidents related to mass protest, either by police or in the crossfire of different groups. Pakistan's election commission met on 31 December to decide whether or not to delay the January elections; two days before they hinted that they would need to because pre-election preparation had been "adversely affected". Senator Latif Khosa , one of Bhutto's top aides, reported that she was planning to divulge evidence of fraud in the upcoming election following the event where the assassination took place.
The pair co-wrote a page dossier on the subject, with Bhutto outlining tactics she alleged would be put into play, including intimidation, excluding voters and fake ballots being planted in boxes. The report was titled Yet another stain on the face of democracy. In a statement he made on 1 January , Khosa said:.
The state agencies are manipulating the whole process, there is rigging by the ISI Inter-Services Intelligence , the Election Commission and the previous government, which is still continuing to hold influence. They were on the rampage. Khosa said that they had planned to give the dossier to two American lawmakers on the evening of her assassination and release it publicly soon after that.
One of the claims in the dossier was that US financial aid had been secretly misappropriated for electoral fraud and another was that the ISI has a 'mega-computer' which could hack into any other computer and was connected to the Election Commission's system.
A spokesman for President Musharraf called the claims "ridiculous". In the run up to the election, the 'sympathy vote' was considered crucial for the Pakistan Peoples Party, which was expected to win the National Assembly.
The Pakistani rupee fell to its lowest level against the U. Al-Qaeda commander Mustafa Abu al-Yazid claimed responsibility for the assassination, telling several news outlets that "We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahideen.
Tribal people have their own customs. We don't strike women. It is a conspiracy by government, military and intelligence agencies. Bhutto, in a letter to Musharraf written on 16 October , named four persons involved in an alleged plot to kill her: Armed with a modest mandate and a limited timeframe, a three-member team arrived at Islamabad on 16 July The UN was asked to send a team to dispel away a conspiracy theory claiming that Zardari himself orchestrated his wife's death; a notion most analysts dismissed because of absence of any concrete evidence.
Basically the UN team's mandate was to "establish the facts and circumstances of the assassination" and not to undertake a criminal investigation, which remained responsibility of the Pakistani authorities.
A formal investigation by the United Nations commenced. The UN Commission in its report mentioned that: A range of government officials failed profoundly in their efforts first to protect Ms Bhutto and second to investigate with vigour all those responsible for her murder, not only in the execution of the attack, but also in its conception, planning and financing. Responsibility for Ms Bhutto's security on the day of her assassination rested with the Federal Government, the government of Punjab and the Rawalpindi District Police.
None of these entities took necessary measures to respond to the extraordinary and urgent security risks that they knew she faced. In short; among other failings: The performance of individual police officers and police leadership was poor in areas of forward planning, accountability and command and control.
The collection of 23 pieces of evidence was manifestly inadequate in a case that should have resulted in thousands Hosing down the crime scene so soon after the blast goes beyond mere incompetence and needed fixing criminal responsibility on many. The deliberate prevention by CPO Saud Aziz of a post mortem examination of Ms Bhutto hindered a definitive determination of the cause of her death.
It was patently unrealistic for the CPO to expect that Mr Zardari would allow an autopsy on his arrival in Pakistan while in the meantime her remains had been placed in a coffin and brought to the airport. The Commission was persuaded that the Rawalpindi police chief, CPO Saud Aziz, did not act independently of higher authorities, either in the decision to hose down the crime scene or to impede the post-mortem examination.
On 5 November a Pakistani court indicted two police officers in connection with Bhutto's assassination in Rawalpindi, among them the former police chief of the city. The two men were in charge of the former prime minister's security and have been previously arrested charged with "conspiracy as well as abetment in the murder" and "changing the security plan".
A further 5 men have also been indicted all of whom are believed to have been affiliated with Beitullah Mehsud , the Pakistani Taliban leader blamed by the government for the attack. On 20 August ex-President Pervez Musharraf , was indicted on three chargers for murder, conspiracy to murder, and facilitation of murder in connection with his alleged failure to provide adequate security for Bhutto — charges for which he is reportedly denying responsibility.
The Bhutto Murder Trail: From Waziristan To GHQ
In 31 August , a Pakistani anti-terrorism court has declared Musharraf as a fugitive in Bhutto's murder and acquitted five suspected Pakistani Taliban of conspiracy to murder due to lack of evidence, and two high-ranking police officers have been sentenced to 17 years in prison, one for mishandling security at the Bhutto rally and the another for mishandling the crime scene.
According to state television, Musharraf held an emergency cabinet meeting after he received word of the blast. He then addressed the nation, saying that "We shall not rest till we tackle this problem and eliminate all the terrorists.
This is the only way the nation will be able to move forward, otherwise this will be the biggest obstacle to our advancement.
Nawaz Sharif was the first mainstream political leader to reach the hospital and express his solidarity with Bhutto's family and political workers. After signing the charter, they said that they would work for an end to the rule of President Musharraf.
'Getting Away With Murder': A Study Of Benazir Bhutto's Death
We must fight this menace of terrorism. It is a black day in the history of Pakistan and an irreparable loss to this country," Khan said. We are stunned.
Every single one of us is mourning the loss of our leader," also stating that he believed that the next election, scheduled for 8 January would be cancelled. He called for an independent inquiry into the assassination by international experts. He also said that "had the government accepted our demand of conducting an inquiry into Karachi's 18 October blast by international experts, this incident would not have happened.
Bhutto's assassination was met with widespread condemnation by members of the international community,  including Pakistan's regional neighbours Afghanistan ,  China ,  India ,   Bangladesh and Iran. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is part of a series about. Terrorist attacks in Pakistan since Main article: Pakistani general election, International reaction to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
Pakistan portal Politics portal Criminal justice portal s portal Death portal. BBC News. Archived from the original on 30 December Retrieved 27 December The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 29 February So certainly the capability is there.
The issue seems to be lack of direction. The details of various interviews with adequate backgrounds makes this book a very insightful read as well. But the real question is the inability of the political class to trust each other in order to construct robust political institutions so that it does not have to rely on any of these arbiters and guarantors. The book finishes on an upbeat note, with the mention of smooth transition of power after credible round of elections.
Sadly, as I write, the new government is being challenged by Army backed rallies as they sit outside the Parliament demanding no less than the resignation of the PM.
Pakistan is at the cross roads yet again Jul 17, Muhammad Syed rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book provided a great trove of knowledge to myself concerning the role of ISI and Police.
The West may not be cognizant of the fact that Pakistan Police is too politicized with all leading political parties awarding jobs to their faithful's. Police is yet to be transformed as an institution.
Then there is the culture of "yes man ship" to acquire undue and undeserved promotions in Police. Army on the other hand is depoliticized and serves the national cause rather personal. Still, there are Individuals in Police that say "NO" to bureaucratic pressure and perform their duty assiduously.
The book is no doubt well researched. The author along with other team members has indicated all the facts. Where there was any lack of coordination it has been duly registered. I bought this book to get to know who assassinated Benazir Bhutto. I was disappointed to learn that this commission was not to establish this.
Even so the author did full justice to his role and the purpose the commission was constituted for. In the end enough but terse information was given on post BB era. Especially role of US on war on terror and attacks carried out on Pakistan Army and killing on Osama were very well put.
Author immaculately portrayed Pakistanis sentiments against US after such incidents. I differ on the election results which the international observers claimed to be fair and free. The elections were rigged Nawaz Sharif hijacked the mandate and vote of the common people. This rigging led to a chain of events and Imran Khan was forced to stage a sit in to get himself heard.
I'd recommend this book to all Benazir fans. A treat to read. May 12, Steve rated it it was amazing.
This book initially began as the story of the UN investigation into the assassination of the former Pakistani prime minister in December But as the author who headed the UN team got further into writing the book, it transformed into a study of the history of Pakistan, its political history, relations with the United States and the multiple problems that the Asian nation faces today.
A very good look at a very complicated topic. Mar 21, Wes F rated it really liked it. I found this a quick and fascinating read. Fingers pointed in many directions--mostly higher-up Pakistani officials, including ISI and the local police and, of course, the hateful Islamic extremist groups.
Good insights, though the rather hazy conclusions of the report was a bit disappointing in the end. Jan 27, Irwin rated it really liked it. Read my full review on passblue. Apr 14, Waqas Iftikhar added it. A good read. But confuses you also. Jun 04, Saima rated it it was ok Shelves: Nothing new. Very pro-Bhutto. Jul 31, Muhammad Ahmed rated it it was amazing. Worth reading. Brief history of Pakistani politics and political behaviours in Pakistan.
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