Scotland Yard Team Begins Pakistan Probe

Brits arrive to help investigation of Bhutto assassination
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2008 3:08 PM CST
Members of the British anti-terror team are seen inside a van as they arrive at the Islamabad airport, in Pakistan, Friday, Jan. 4, 2008. Members of the Scotland Yard team arrived in Pakistan to join...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Investigators from Scotland Yard arrived in Pakistan today to assist with the government's investigation of Benazir Bhutto's assassination. Pervez Musharraf invited the team to lend credibility to the investigation and help put to rest what the president called "conspiracy theories," but critics remain skeptical about what the Brits will—and won't—be permitted to do, AFP reports.

The team "will work under the patronage of the government," said Bhutto's former top aide. "It is going to be a meaningless exercise." He and others have called for an independent investigation, perhaps by the UN. Musharraf, whose government is accused at varying extremes of providing lax security, covering up the cause of death, or even carrying out the killing, said investigators would not be allowed on a "wild goose chase."