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Pakistan / Bhutto Assassination / US Policy #888695

NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 28, 2007
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(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Islamabad: Ned Colt) The chaos in Pakistan after the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto reviewed; scenes shown of distraught mourners accompanying her coffin, violent protests and riots, Bhutto in the seconds before her death; details given of the Pakistani government’s claim about how she died and the blaming of Al Qaeda-linked Baitullah Mehsud††. [Bhutto's nephew Zulfiqar Ali BHUTTO††- calls it tragic.] [Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal CHEEMA†- says there was no bullet or splinter that hit Bhutto.]

(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The US strategy that facilitated Bhutto’s return to Pakistan examined; scenes shown of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signing the condolence book at the Pakistani embassy. [RICE – speaks of continuing the democratic process.] [Bhutto advisor Mark SIEGEL†- notes the US role in gaining concessions from Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.] [Former Bush National Security Council member Hillary Mann LEVERETT†- comments on the relationship between Bhutto and Musharraf.] [Former CIA Pakistan station chief Robert GRENIER†- says this is a victory for Islamic extremists.]

Holt, Lester;
Colt, Ned;
Mitchell, Andrea

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