Bhutto’s Shooter captured on Tape

Late last night on CNN, this footage was shown. Three shots were fired by the Benazir’s assassin from what appears to be a handgun (note how the shooter/suicide bomber was quite literally perched up onto the back of Bhutto’s SUV):

For Video & Text Thanks to The Insider Brief.

The Pakistani Spectator shares with us the transcript of Baitullah Mehsud’s alleged telephonic conversation. I’m pasting the discussion below as well.

But the debate continues: How she really died and who killed her?

Here is the AFP’s translation of the transcript of the alleged telephone conversation on Friday from senior Al Qaeda leader Baitullah Mehsud to another militant that the Pakistan interior ministry said had been intercepted after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

The ministry said it had been translated from Pashto to Urdu. This is translation from the ministry’s Urdu to English.

Maulvi Sahib (MS): Assalaam Aleikum.

Baitullah Mehsud (BM): Waleikum Assalaam.

MS: Chief, how are you?

BM: I am fine.

MS: Congratulations, I just got back during the night.

BM: Congratulations to you, were they our men?

MS: Yes they were ours.

BM: Who were they?

MS: There was Saeed, there was Bilal from Badar and Ikramullah.

BM: The three of them did it?

MS: Ikramullah and Bilal did it.

BM: Then congratulations.

MS: Where are you? I want to meet you.

BM: I am at Makeen (town in South Waziristan tribal region), come over, I am at Anwar Shah’s house.

MS: OK, I’ll come.

BM: Don’t inform their house for the time being.


BM: It was a tremendous effort. They were really brave boys who killed her.

MS: Mashallah. When I come I will give you all the details.

BM: I will wait for you. Congratulations, once again congratulations.

MS: Congratulations to you.

BM: Anything I can do for you?

MS: Thank you very much.

BM: Assalaam Aleikum.

MS: Waaleikum Assalaam.


17 Comments so far

  1. IUnknown (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

    yeah she was killed by TT ( a pistol name)

    and then the killer was killed by a blast.

  2. Ali (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

    And then this coverup that the latch killed BB and a conversation was conveniently intercepted …wtf… how ridiculous!!!!

    Also, having now seen the video, how come the person holding the cam/phone-cam moves his cam to the gun in the thick crowd?!?! Questions that need to be answered, otherwise this country can go to hell.

  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 5:34 pm

    Getty Images photographer John Moore

    “Moore immediately turned on his camera’s high-speed shutter and began shooting without focusing. His camera captured the fireball from the explosion, debris in the air, and people panicking.”

    “When it was all over, Moore had about 1,200 shots from the entire day..”

    Moore said no one from the government has contacted him about whether his images might be useful in an investigation. “The investigations here on these types of attacks in Pakistan are hardly the forensic type of investigations you’d expect in the West. It’s by no means thorough,” he says.
    Posted by: d0ct0r at December 29, 2007 02:04 PM

    so many mobile phone cameras were pointed towards bb at the time she was waving towards the crowd.. govt if serious can easily gather bits n pieces and solve the puzzle i.e. if its serious at all and is not hiding some thing sinister…

  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    good point raised by Ali.. how come person making this video turned his attention towards the shooter and zoomed on him instead of BB’s jeep.. either he was aware that such thing is about to happen or it was just a coincidence

  5. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 6:12 pm

    most wanted man in Pakistan going on airwave and saying “I am at Makeen, come over,I am at Anwar Shah’s house.”


  6. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

    173 bank torched completely
    26 bank damaged

    158 office torched and burnt completly
    23 office damaged
    24 petrol pump burnt
    2 petrol pump damaged
    370 cars completely burnt

    61 cars damaged
    72 trains bogies torched completly
    18 railway station burnt completely
    4 station damaged

    765 shops burnt completely
    19 offices/shops damaged partially

    38 people killed
    53 people injured

    Brigadier Cheema Interior Ministry Spokesman

  7. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

    Brigadier Cheema was grilled by journalists and his answers were not convincing at all..

  8. 1967 (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

    If the govt is so sure it’s Baitullah, why the hell wasn’t an attack launched on him immediately by intercepting the phone call? I smell a rat

    a) Either the government is just panicking trying to cover up with premature evidence or no evidence at all, and giving stupid statements.

    b) There are some elements in the agencies who are pro Taliban, and are actually moles in the whole operation. That’s why americans are screaming on top of their lungs that if they have credible intelligence, and paki army won’t strike, they will.

  9. Ronald (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

    What killed her is no longer important, she is dead and the list of people that could have done it is quite big, actualy HUGE…

    Many saw her as a pawn of the united states and probably she was, also she disliked the very people that had to protect her, the pakistani army and it wasn´t a secrect that she wanted to lead the country with politics only and leave the army to rot and die.

    Call her a Hero is a little too much for her, her assasination is the spark that can lead to millions of deads, am I exaggerating? Al Qaeda now haves the chance of take control of a country that doesn´t just have a great army, but also several nukes, can the United States do something about it… I would hardly think they can, this is getting out of control and USA is in part responsible for it.

    Also to Ali, remenber that pakistan is much more than what you think, Pakistan army is quite strong or at least above average and they have around 50 nukes, and those are the ones that are accounted… God knows how many are hidden in bunkers or anything, inestability in pakistan can easily lead Extremist to take over the country goverment and lead to a Nuclear war with india, this is not just some back water country having troubles with some random election, this can lead to a nuclear war.

    To answer the questions: How she really died? is really not that important anymore, she is dead after all, but who killed her? is very important, If I could bet on this all my money would go to the people in the Pakistani army that support Al Qaeda and Osama, Pervez Musharraf probably didn´t do it or order it, but some one in the army sure did.

    Sorry for my terrible grammar, but english is my third lenguage.

  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 12:29 am

    @Ronald Musharraf had been tagged as used ammunition by policy makers in west and they in west were eagerly waiting to work with benazir.. so naturally Mush was concerned about bb’s elevation to power while he was being treated as used tissue paper and as american love doing , he would have been discarded shortly after bb had settled in power and Mush no more needed..

  11. IUnknown (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 12:51 am

    @ronald: u shud take care of us nukes . Our nukes are in teh safe hands and we wont tlet usa take them . OK?

    Whole world wants to take away, teh atomic power from PAKISTAN only. Their rubbish thinking is that talibans will talk them. If talibans cud have done this, it shud have been done back in 1998.

    U all weestern nations dont like PAkistan to be atomic power and every now and then, u put lame excuses and try pakistan to roll back its program.
    IF u are so concerened wid weapons, take them back from israel first who is creating chaos in the middle east region.

    WAt ever happend wid BB is perhaps good for PAkistan. Wid no reason, she is being portrayed as a hero. She was a corrupt leader and infact no leader at all.

  12. TREETOP (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 4:11 am

    I dont know if iam desensitised or have become a cold hearted realist.I felt a sort of relief at the death of BB.I wish to get rid of politicians of similar creed and start with a clean slate.Is it too dark?

  13. noami klien (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 7:39 am

    so now pakis you are part of failed states. now lets fix you up with shock therapy or in other words exploit your weaknesses.


  14. Go Figure (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

    I really smell indian rats here in this forum. They are trying to play with the high emotions of Pakistanis here. Id rather be careful about what is being said here.

  15. Sidhusaaheb (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

    Er…I am an Indian and I think I resemble a giraffe more closely than a rat and this is my first comment on this blog-post. :D

    BTW, I found quite impressive, the analysis of the official causes of Benazir’s death, at

    Still photographs from the footage posted here are now being shown on Indian TV news channels too, though I saw it for the first time on BBC World.

  16. Islooite (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 8:55 am

    I think government’s claim is just crap. And they washed away all the evidence. It seems that someone shot BB. You can see it clearly in this footage from another angle.

  17. Derek (unregistered) on January 6th, 2008 @ 8:42 pm

    Hi to You All !!!
    I am so sad for Your loss, I hope one day Your country will be FREE, seems to me Al Qaeda operatives are everywhere, but am not sure what are they trying to accomplish?!

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