Bhutto Investigation Going Nowhere

Though her party now rules Pakistan, Dec. assassination 'a forgotten chapter'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2008 1:10 PM CDT
Supporters of the slain Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto pray at her grave in Naudero, near Larkana, Pakistan, Saturday, June 21, 2008.   (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
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(Newser) – There doesn’t seem to be much urgency behind the hunt for Benazir Bhutto’s killers, the Los Angeles Times reports, though her party has come to power in Pakistan since the Dec. 27 assassination. The government still hasn’t commissioned an independent investigation, and police have all but abandoned the case. “It looks as if it’s a forgotten chapter,” one retired general said

Nor has Pakistan made any effort to capture Baitullah Mahsud, the Taliban commander accused of masterminding the assault; now reportedly in peace talks with the government, Mahsud denies planning the attack. The five people arrested so far are all low-level figures, and Pakistan has turned down help from British and US investigators.