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Experts pick holes in Benazir's medical report
January 06, 2008 16:47 IST
The medical report of slain Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto, a crucial evidence in the probe into her assassination, is fraught with lacunae and a proof that the doctors acted "unprofessionally", experts have said, with some even suggesting foul play.
Mian Rashid, a professor of forensic medicine and member of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, was of the view that the depressed wound referred to in the report was actually the "point of exit" of the bullet that hit Bhutto after a rally in Rawalpindi on Dec 27.
"Since the report says that whitish brain matter was coming out, it can only happen at point of exit," Rashid told the influential Dawn newspaper.
He was also of the view that the depressed wound has been "grossly misinterpreted" by the doctors.
Rashid said the doctors who attended to Bhutto omitted the point of entry of the bullet as they "skipped the standard procedure for examining such wounds".
Senior medico-legal expert Zaman Niazi said the report contained alarming technical lapses and was "prima facie a case of foul play".
He said the report was "just half-truth" and an attempt to conceal the other half.
Niazi based his contentions on the absence of the casualty medical officer (CMO) from the list of seven doctors of Rawalpindi General Hospital who signed the report, which was released a day after the assassination of Bhutto.
Other experts also questioned the absence of a forensic expert from the team that wrote the report.