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 Open head injury caused BBs death
Specialist says no bullet hit PPP chairperson

Saturday, December 29, 2007
Muhammad Qasim


Chairperson Pakistan Peoples Party Benazir Bhutto died of open head injury with multiple depressed skull fractures leading to cardiopulmonary arrest, said Principal Rawalpindi Medical College/Allied Hospitals Professor Dr Mohammad Mussadiq Khan while talking to The News Friday after a press conference held here at the Rawalpindi General Hospital (RGH).

He categorically denied witnessing any other external wound on Benazir Bhuttos body. She had a wound on right temperoparietal region (just above the pin of right ear) measuring 5.4 cm in size that was bleeding and had depressed fracture of the skull, he said and added X-Ray had revealed multiple depressed skull fractures with a 16 mm depressed segment.

Talking to mediapersons, he said that Benazir Bhutto was taken to Accident & Emergency Department of RGH at 5:35 pm. She had no respiration, no pulse and had fixed dilated pupil not responding to light. It could be said that blood was not reaching her brain, he said.

The PPP chairperson was received by Senior Registrar at RGH Dr Aurangzeb along with Dr Saeeda, who immediately started resuscitation but on finding no success after four to five minutes, Benazir Bhutto was shifted to emergency OT where Dr Mussadiq also joined the team of doctors. Doctors continued resuscitation including artificial ventilation for another five minutes but could not succeed in reviving her. By that time Dr Qudsia, Professor Dr Azam Yousaf, Professor Dr Arif Malik and Professor Dr Saleem had also joined the team.

The team performed left antrolateral thoracotomy for open cardiac massage. In spite of all the possible measures, she could not be revived and declared dead at 1816 hours, Dr Mussadiq told The News. He added during the said 41 minutes, no cardiac activity was seen.

He said the skull was damaged at more than three points apparently showing as it was hit by some heavy thing with force. No points of entry or exit of a bullet was found by the team of doctors. Dr Mussadiq said the wound was oval shaped with irregular edges. Though we did not examine the wound with medicolegal point of view, however, it can be said that there was no sign of hitting by a bullet, he added hesitantly.

When asked why the post-mortem of the body was not performed, he said the law enforcement agencies had asked the team of doctors not to do so as Asif Ali Zardari did not want autopsy. The official report sent by the RGH to Punjab Government stated that Benazir Bhutto was received with open wound on her right temporal bone from which brain matter was exuding.

It is interesting that father of Dr Mussadiq, Col Sadiq, was among the team of doctors that had received the body of Khan Liaquat Ali Khan at the CMH in Rawalpindi in 1951. He was captain at that time.

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