It is ironic that the UN investigation on Ms Bhuttos assassination has missed the most glaring dimension of this event that concerns the role of colonial powers in controlling and directing Pakistans internal and external politics. Our local analysts are also not ready to accept the international dimension of Ms Bhuttos assassination. It is an open secret that a power-sharing deal had been brokered between Pervez Musharraf, a US-backed dictator and Benazir Bhutto who was backed by Britain. Richard Boucher, an Assistant US Secretary of State at that time, was the pointman for US while former British High Commissioner to Pakistan Mark Lyall Grant was negotiating on behalf of the British. Britain and US oversaw the political marriage between one of our most corrupt politicians and one of our most brutal dictators. The infamous NRO was promulgated to consolidate this opportunistic power-sharing deal. It was, perhaps, Ms Bhuttos refusal to honor the deal, an action she did on the urging of British, which led to her political assassination at the hands of pro-US lobby in Pakistan. Renowned US journalist, Seymour Hersh, in an interview with an Arab TV broke the news of a secret death-squad directly under command of the US Vice President Dick Cheney that, Hersh said, was tasked to carry out political assassinations in the region. He disowned these comments later for obvious reasons. So Ms. Bhutto was actually a victim of disagreement between two colonial powers competing with each other for control in South Asia. Ms. Bhutto and Pervez Musharraf represented interests of two superpowers, Britain and US, rather than the common masses of Pakistan. It is no surprise that the government that came into power afterwards has even staked its popularity in pursuit of protecting the Western interests in the region. How else can the current alliance with US in the disastrous war on terror be justified? -MOEZ MOBEEN, Islamabad, April 19.