LONDON: The last words of the slain PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto were “Long live Bhutto,” while waving to the crowd surging around her car. Theses were her last words before three gunshots rang out and she slumped back on to her seat. “She did not say anything more,” reported the Sunday Telegraph while quoting Safdar Abbasi, Bhutto’s chief political adviser, who was sitting behind her.
In the first eyewitness account from inside the car, Abbasi told the British daily that “All of a sudden there was the sound of firing. I heard the sound of a bullet. I saw her: she looked as though she ducked in when she heard the firing. We did not realise that she had been hit by a bullet.” Abbasi said that he had looked up to see Ms Bhutto sliding back through the aperture in the roof of the vehicle. Moments later, the car was rocked by a huge explosion and there was no sound from the fallen leader, he added.
Abbasi leant forward to see what was wrong. At first glance, she appeared to have escaped injury. Then he noticed the blood. It was seeping from a deep wound on the left side of her neck. His account is confirmed by photos that have surfaced in Pakistan showing a man in dark glasses aiming a handgun and standing only few feet from Miss Bhutto, moments before she died. His accomplice, the suspected suicide bomber, is further back amid the heaving crowds thronging around the cavalcade, the paper said.
Naheed Khan, Dr Abbasi’s wife, cradled the injured woman’s head in her lap, reaching up for her own headscarf, pulling it from her head, pressing it into the wound, trying to stem the flow. But the wound was deep and the blood seeped out, spreading down her neck and across her blue tunic. Abbasi said that Ms Bhutto was still alive when she was carried into the intensive care unit, but her injuries were so severe that she stood no chance.-SANA