Sunday, 9 May 2021

Asif Zardari killed Benazir Ali Bhutto, says Pervez Musharraf

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LAHORE: Former military strongman Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf has accused Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) supremo Asif Ali Zardari of carrying out the murder of his wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

In a video message, Musharraf said he was sending out this message as Zardari had personally called him out by blaming him for Benazir’s murder.

In his recorded message, Musharraf says the anti-terrorism court hearing the Benazir Bhutto murder case gave its verdict some days ago.

“Every Pakistani is concerned that two distinguished police officers got punished but the real terrorists were exonerated,” said the former dictator.

“However, one day ago, Zardari remarked that I am responsible for Benazir’s murder. This is the first time he’s called me out on this by name. I cannot tolerate this,” he lamented.

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Giving his ‘reply’, he said he is especially addressing [Benazir and Zardari’s children] Bilawal, Aseefa and Bakhtawar, as well as the Bhutto family and all Sindhis and Pakistanis who have been following “this murderer of Benazir”.

“I believe that the reason for the Bhutto family’s demise and the responsible person for Benazir and Murtaza’s murder is Zardari. In any murder, it should be noted who benefits and who loses. I lost a lot from Benazir’s assassination while Zardari benefitted,” he said.

Terming [then TTP chief] Baitullah Mehsud’s role in Benazir’s killing “a reality”, Musharraf said all evidence is available in this regard.

He said Mehsud was his enemy and he [Musharraf] wanted him dead.

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The former president also hinted at the role of Afghan intelligence agency Khad and then president Hamid Karzai in facilitating Zardari for carrying out Benazir’s murder.

With regards to the day of the incident, Musharraf said providing security at Liaquat Bagh [where Benazir was killed] was not his responsibility.

He questioned the presence of a rooftop hatch in a bulletproof vehicle and also wondered who asked Benazir on the phone to open the hatch and come out to wave to the crowd.

“An examination of Benazir’s phone could have proved this but it was only made available after two years – obviously someone must have erased all its data,” he alleged.

Musharraf also criticised the fact that those sitting with Benazir inside her vehicle — Naheed Khan, Safdar Abbasi, Makhdoom Amin Fahim and “jail buddy” Khalid Shahenshah — were not questioned by the court. The former president also questioned the credentials of Malik and Shahenshah for becoming “security in-charges” of Benazir.

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“It’s suspicious that Shahenshah was killed under unusual circumstances soon after Benazir’s assassination,” said Musharraf, adding that Zardari was the only person capable of doing all this.

He also questioned the change in Benazir’s return route and Malik’s dashing to Islamabad right after the incident.

Musharraf said the real murderer — Zardari — can be pinpointed by investigating these aspects. “He’s taking my name to divert people’s attention from him. I say he should be brought to book for Benazir and Murtaza’s murders,” he said.

Ending his message, Musharraf said he hopes that all of Benazir’s children are listening with an open mind and understand his logic.

Benazir’s daughters lash out at Musharraf, call him ‘murderer’

Daughters of former Prime Minister and head of PPP Beanzir Bhutto went hammer and tongs at former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf for accusing their father, Asif Ali Zardari, of killing their mother.

urning down his request to think about his allegation against their father “with an open mind,” Aseefa Bhutoo Zardar and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari also called Musharraf a coward for fleeing the court proceedings in the Benazir murder case.

On Thursday, Pervez Musharraf blamed his successor Asif Ali Zardari for murdering Benazir Bhutto and her brother Murtaza. He also urged BB’s children Bilawal, Aseefa and Bakhtawar to pay heed to what he is saying about their father’s involvement in the killings.

Rubbishing the allegations, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari took to Twitter with a hashtag #ShameOnMusharraf saying that he is “blaming the victims”.

Bakhtawar Bhutto in her tweets called former general a “coward” and urged him to come to Pakistan and face offenses against him.

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