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The CIA has added its support to the view that a Pakistani militant, Baitullah Mehsud, and al-Qaeda organised Benazir Bhutto's killing.
CIA Director Michael Hayden told the Washington Post that the former Pakistani prime minister was killed by fighters allied to Baitullah Mehsud.
The Pakistani government accused Mehsud of the attack shortly after Ms Bhutto's death in Rawalpindi on 27 December.
Mr Hayden did not reveal the sources for his claim.
Correspondents say that Mr Hayden's comments are the most comprehensive public assessment by US intelligence of Ms Bhutto's death.
Controversy still surrounds the circumstances of the killing.
One or more attackers shot at her and detonated a bomb as she was leaving a rally in Rawalpindi.
Baitullah Mehsud has denied involvement. The Pakistani government says it intercepted a phone conversation proving that he was behind the attack.
CIA Director Michael Hayden is now backing the Pakistani government's view.
"This was done by that network around Baitullah Mehsud. We have no reason to question that," Mr Hayden told the Washington Post.
He said the murder was "part of an organised campaign" that has included suicide bombings and other attacks on Pakistani leaders.
Mr Hayden said that the same forces were responsible for a new outbreak of violence sweeping across Pakistan which was undermining the stability of President Pervez Musharraf's government.
"You've got this nexus now that probably was always there in latency but is now active: a nexus between al-Qaeda and various extremist and separatist groups," Mr Hayden said.
"It is clear that their intention is to continue to try to do harm to the Pakistani state as it currently exists."
Forces belonging to Baitullah Mehsud have also been blamed by the government for seizing a fort from the military in the troubled region of South Waziristan on Wednesday.
Sounds like more pampering to Musharraf if you ask me.
Perhaps the outbreak of violence isn't some extremist group, but actually the people of Pakistan being a little PO'd over the whole situation. Granted, there is still the Al Qaeda / Taliban organizations nearby, but above seems like they're labeling anybody who opposes Musharraf, is some extremist.
Good way to prevent revolution and protest against the government.... label them something else to make them the bad guys.
Majority of Pakistan's people have been polled saying that most of the violence in their country would be gone if Musharraf was no longer in power. Whether this is true, or just ignorant viewpoints on the overall situation, it does hold fact to the collective of how the people feel in their country. And one would hope the people who live in their own country would know their country best.