Pakistan Delays Vote to Feb. 18 After Violence

Musharraf asks London police for help in Bhutto assassination probe
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2008 11:16 AM CST
Members of the Central Executive Committee of slain Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto's People's party meet in Naudero, near Larkana, Pakistan on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008. Opposition parties accused...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – On the day Pakistan announced it had rescheduled parliamentary elections for Feb. 18 in the wake of Benazir Bhutto's assassination, President Pervez Musharraf has asked Scotland Yard to "solve all the confusion" surrounding her death, CNN reports. The country's election commission said the wave of violence after Bhutto's assassination made the original Jan. 8 election date impossible.

"I personally am very sad and angry about this assassination," Musharraf said today in his first address since the opposition leader was killed Dec. 27, "and I value the emotions of the nation." The government had said it would consult all political parties on a new date, but both Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party and others insisted they wanted the election as scheduled.