Maybe it's a sovereignty question for Pakistan. But without some kind of outside assistance in an inquiry, Musharraf's government will be investigating itself. Few in or outside of Pakistan will be satisfied with that. An ex-U.S. intelligence official with deep Pakistan experience told me yesterday that it's unlikely anyone in Pakistan doesn't already believe Musharraf had something to do with the slaying.
And that's not something that U.S. intelligence officials are ruling out, either. al-Qaeda tends not to shoot people at close range, or pull off decoy suicide bombings. Eli Lake of the New York Sun reports that U.S. intelligence officials want to make sure they know where all of Pakistan's special-forces units were at the time of Bhutto's assassination.
American and Pakistani military leaders are seeking to account for what may be renegade commando units from the Pakistani military's special forces in the wake of the assassination of Pakistan's opposition leader and former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto. ...
A working theory, according to this American source, is that Al Qaeda or affiliated jihadist groups had effectively suborned at least one unit of Pakistan's Special Services Group, the country's equivalent of Britain's elite SAS commandos. This official, however, stressed this was just a theory at this point. Other theories include that the assassins were trained by Qaeda or were from other military services, or the possibility that the assassins were retired Pakistani special forces.
"They just killed the most protected politician in the whole country," this source said. "We really don't know a lot at this point, but the first thing that is happening is we are asking the Pakistani military to account for every black team with special operations capabilities."
One thing is clear. No one should expect closure on Bhutto's murder. After all, it's up to Musharraf to determine whether clarity is or isn't in his interest.