The lever that didn’t kill Benazir Bhutto


Two days after the Bhutto’s assassination Brig. Javed Iqbal Cheema of the interior ministry, govt of Pakistan, in a live press conference told the viewers that it was “the lever of sunroof” which killed Benazir Bhutto. He claimed that this “lever” caused a ‘depressed fratcutre of the skull’ which was the cause of death. Ironically on the night of December 27, 2007, the doctors of Rawalpindi general hospital had declared that her death was due to the bullet wounds which entered her neck and caused damage to brainstem.  Government spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema said that Bhutto was killed after she hit her head against the sunroof lever of her Toyota Land Cruiser as it left the Liaqat Bagh in the twin city of Rawalpindi after addressing a rally. Cheema did not dispute the fact that three bullets were fired and followed by a bomb blast but claimed that neither the bullets nor shrapnel from the explosion hit the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader. Instead, Cheema said Bhutto had stood up from the sunroof to wave to her supporters and dashed her head on the lever when she tried to duck after hearing the gunshots.

It is being reported in Daily News & Analysis that an official of the Toyota company that manufactures the vehicle states that “We are convinced that it can’t be a lever (that caused the fatal head injury) but we are still looking into more details,” According to the official, the lever could not have caused the head injury as it was installed inside the vehicle and was at least six centimeters from the edge of the sunroof. At the same time, he did not dispute the fact that there could have been bloodstains on the lever. “This is understandable. If she was hit in the head by a bullet, bloodstains could have been left on the lever.”

A senior surgeon wrote: “There is no way a human being could generate the type of force required to cause a skull fracture by returning into their vehicle, through a sun roof or not. You see these kinds of injuries, as our government seems to be describing, when someone hits a skull with a hammer or a blunt instrument of some kind, not from falling down into a seat. Further, no one dies the way BB died from a skull fracture. Death is slow and prolonged, unless there are associated injuries such as a gun shot through the neck and the chest. The manner of her demise fits clearly and explicitly with being shot in the neck and the chest.

I’m sick of the lies. Just sick. I’m sick of those who say it was her fault for standing up to wave goodbye. I’m sick of those who blame anyone else but the Government who should have provided security and the pieces of shit who think murder and mayhem are justifiable methods of social protest. Just simply sick. (from:

About Dr. Afaq Ahmad Qureshi

Physician, writer, broadcaster, journalist, translator, free lance writer, poet, political and social analyst and critic. Writes plays and features for electronic media, interested in numerous things from sociology to medicine to history and art. interest in books and internet, writes for also; editor for an internet journal; at
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