Barely twenty-four hours after her assassination, Benazir Bhutto, whose corporeal remains were buried in Rawalpindi, may have had her less tangible remains inserted firmly into Karachi's spin machine. Today we're told by the Pakistani government's Interior Minister that Ms. Bhutto was not hit by any of the gunshots fired at her, but rather, the fatal blow was oddly self-administered, as she hit her head on part of the car frame as the vehicle attempted to speed away from the attack.
Interesting, except for one detail left oddly unexplained by the new scenario: dozens of accounts from yesterday quoted witnesses, as in this example from Australia:
Blood poured from her head, and she never regained consciousness.
You don't need to be a CSI viewer to know that those two accounts don't mesh very well. An AP report quotes the surgeon who treated her as saying she died of "a shrapnel wound and was not shot." Shrapnel would suggest an artifact of the bomb, and would also put the "blood poured" account into doubt. How to untangle all this? An autopsy. Uh-oh. Also in the AP report:
Soomro, the prime minister, told the Cabinet on Friday that Bhutto's husband did not allow an autopsy, according to a government statement.
Well, that's that, then.
UPDATE: Sunday's London Telegraph offers an eyewitness account from inside Bhutto's car.
That must have been one heck of a sunroof.