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Pakistan postpones elections after Bhutto death

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Pakistan postpones elections after Bhutto death


Pakistan’s parliamentary elections have been put back until the middle of February. The electoral commission said security concerns in the wake of the killing of Benazir Bhutto made it impossible to go ahead on Tuesday.

The leading opposition parties had wanted to hold the election next week, believing anti-government emotions can only benefit their campaigns.

President Musharraf has agreed to accept international help in investigating Ms Bhutto’s death. Official reports that she died by hitting her head on her car’s sunroof have caused deep scepticism among ordinary Pakistanis. Her aides claim they saw bullet wounds.

The government insists al-Qaeda terrorists were behind the killing. The army launched new attacks on their bases in the north, and said 27 people were killed.

Ms Bhutto’s party claims she was killed because she had proof of government plans to rig the election using intimidation and fake ballots. President Musharraf’s spokesman dismissed the claims as “ridiculous”.

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