British Antiterror Team In Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — British antiterror officers are in Pakistan to join the investigation into Benazir Bhutto’s assassination.

President Pervez Musharraf says the team from Scotland Yard will provide forensic and technical expertise. But he says it won’t be allowed to go on a “wild goose chase” and “create a political disturbance.”

He acknowledges that his decision to seek outside help to investigate the killing is partly to assure people at home and abroad that the government wasn’t involved. Bhutto had accused elements in the ruling party of plotting to kill her.

Musharraf rejects accusations that a security lapse led to Bhutto’s killing and suggests she was partly at fault because she poked her head out of her bombproof vehicle’s sunroof after an election rally despite threats from Islamic extremists.

Nearly 60 people have died in rioting since Bhutto was killed and parliamentary elections scheduled for next week have been delayed until February 18th.