Musharraf Denies Government Security Forces Involved In Bhutto Slaying

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is denying allegations that government security forces were involved in the killing of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf also says there was no security lapse, and implied that Bhutto was partly responsible in her death because she came out of her vehicle’s sunroof to greet supporters. Musharraf notes that no one else in Bhutto’s vehicle was hurt in the attack.

Still, Musharraf concedes that there have been shortcomings in Pakistan’s handling of the case, such as the fact that the site of the attack was hosed down hours later – perhaps interfering with a detailed forensic examination. But Musharraf is dismissing suggestions that there was a plan to conceal evidence.

Musharraf has invited Britain’s Scotland Yard to help in the investigation.