Saturday, January 19, 2008

Suspicious minds

It's obviously too early for any judgments about Pakistan's arrest of two al-Qaida linked suspects in last month's assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The two suspects, including a 15-year-old boy, allegely have ties to al Qaeda-linked militant leader Baitullah Mehsud, who operates in the South Waziristan region on the Afghan border, according to the Reuters international news service. President Pervez Musharraf blamed the killing on al-Qaida right after it happened, and CIA director Michael Hayden made a similar claim yesterday. Many observers in and out of Pakistan suspect the involvement of Musharraf's government either directly or indirectly, since Bhutto was a charismatic opposition leader who was likely to be returned to parliament in the country's rapidly approaching elections. But the boys allegedly told authorities they were to be part of a suicide bombing if the shooting was not successful, Reuters said. So, even if the charges are true, there are a lot of suspects still out there.

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