Saturday, December 29, 2007
Pakistan journalist Sherry Rehman contradicts government on Bhutto story
Shehrbano "Sherry" Rehman, spelled Sherbano on the Election Commission website and Sheherbano elsewhere, is a liberal politician and journalist in Pakistan. She was appointed by the Pakistan People's Party as a Member of the National Assembly after the 2002 election to the seat NA-309, Women Sindh-II. She was one of the fourteen women in Reserved Seats from Sindh Province, six of whom were appointed by the PPPP Pakistan People's Party Parliamentarians as their share in proportion to their elected MNAs.
She is a journalist and was formerly editor of The Herald. In March 2002 she was awarded the Overseas Award for Excellence in Journalism by the British House of Lords.
Benazir Bhutto suffered bullet wounds
Sherry Rehman, Pakistan People's Party information secretary, said it was clear that the former Pakistani prime minister suffered bullet wounds to her head, contrary to a government report that she died because she hit her head on a sunroof lever.
Cheema noted that if Rehman -- as she said -- believes she saw bullet wounds that caused Bhutto's death, "We don't mind if the People's Party leadership wants her body to be exhumed and post-mortemed. They are most welcome, but we gave you what the facts are."
Cheema emphasized that the government's conclusion on the cause of death was based on "absolute facts, nothing but the facts."
"It was corroborated by the doctor's report; it was corroborated by the evidence of the footage we showed you."
Rehman -- who had been riding in the car behind Bhutto's when it was attacked -- called the government's conclusion that Bhutto was not shot "the most bizarre, dangerous nonsense." Video Watch Sherry Rehman's interview with CNN »
"It's beginning to look like a cover-up to me," Rehman said in a CNN interview.
Rehman said Bhutto was hemorrhaging on the way to the hospital and that the two cars used to get her there were blood-soaked.