Pakistan Tells Doubters to Exhume Body

Speculation on Bhutto death runs wild as riots threaten elections
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2007 3:55 PM CST
Pakistani women light candles in front of a portrait of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto during a vigil at her Pakistan Peoples Party office Saturday Dec. 29, 2007 in Lahore, Pakistan. ...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Benazir Bhutto’s political party is free to exhume her corpse to verify her ever-shifting cause of death, a Pakistani official said today. So far, the government has issued three accounts—gunshots, shrapnel, and then a fractured skull from hitting her head—which has PPP leadership crying cover-up, CNN reports. “We don’t mind if [they want] her body exhumed,” the official said, “but we gave you what the facts are.”

Bhutto’s death has triggered nationwide riots that have killed 40 so far, and it may push back elections promised for January 8, the Washington Post reports. Despite heavy security, nighttime rioters have burned cars and buses; in the day, usually busy streets are empty. “These are the sentiments of the people,” said one man who’s staying indoors. “This is their natural reaction.”