Islamabad, Feb 8: Scotland Yard detectives probing the December 27 assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto are likely to agree with the findings of the President Musharraf-backed caretaker government that she was a victim of a head injury and not shot dead.
According to a report by The Times, Scotland Yard risks inflaming the already heated pre-election political atmosphere in Pakistan today when it delivers its report on Benazir Bhutto's assassination. Islamabad has maintained that Bhutto died from a head injury sustained when she struck her head on her car, while leaving the venue of a Pakistan People's Party rally in Rawalpindi's Liaquat Bagh area. President Musharraf has claimed that Bhutto ducked into her vehicle after it had been attacked by a gunman and a suicide bomber when she was driven away from an election rally on December 27, and in the process, struck her head on the speeding car's roof with some force.
The Times quoted a senior official as saying that: "Pakistani and Scotland Yard investigators are in consensus on the cause of death." Such a conclusion is likely to enrage Bhutto's family and her political supporters, who claim that she died from gunshot wounds.
The PPP is about to resume its campaigning for the parliamentary elections on February 18, following the end of the 40-day period of mourning for Bhutto on Thursday. Over 10,000 people gathered at her home town of Naudero on Thursday for the occasion.