Desember 28, 2010

Key witness in Benazir Bhutto assassination probe leaves Pak without prior permission

A man holds a picture of Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto with a candle and a flower as he participates in a vigil to commemorate her death anniversary in Islamabad December 27, 2010. Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack after an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007, weeks after she returned to Pakistan after years in self-imposed exile. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

December 28, 2010 (KATAKAMI / AlbuquerquEexpress.Com) --- A key witness of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination probe left for the United States without taking permission from the Pakistan government.

Dr Musadiq Khan was the principal of Rawalpindi Medical College, and examined the wounds of Benazir when brought to the general hospital on Decemeber 27, 2007, the Dawn reported.

Secretary of the Punjab Health Department, Fawad Hassan said that the department received Musadiq's leave application after his departure from the country, which was unacceptable.

The case had been forwarded to the Punjab chief minister, the paper said.

Dr Musadiq had claimed that the cause of Benazir's death was the wound from the lever of vehicle's sunroof rather than the bullet wound.

He was facing investigation from the Punjab Health Department for allegedly misusing authorities and indiscipline.  (*)