Zardari plotted assassination of Benazir, Murtaza Bhutto: Musharraf

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 21, 2017

The former President of Pakistan, Gen (retd) Parvez Musharaf has accused Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairman Asif Ali Zardari of being the one behind the assassination of Benazir and Murtaza Bhutto.

"Zardari did nothing to investigate the murder of Murtaza Bhutto as he enjoyed his stay in the presidency for five years".

However, in May, he himself had refused to testify through the video link in the 2007 Benazir Bhutto murder case. After the incident why Rehman Malik fled out of the crime scene and went to Islamabad, he questioned. Not only that, Musharraf wondered who had the person who gunned down Khalid Shehenshah assassinated as well.

"Who had a sunroof made on a bombproof auto? Who phoned Benazir and told her to come out of the vehicle?" he asked. He alleged that Zardari had secret ties with the then Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Afghanistan's secret agencies.

"It was Baitullah Mehsood who organized attack me. He was my enemy", General Musharraf said. "Baitullah even planned assassination attempts against me", he said. But the authorities have not released them and the PPP has filed an appeal against the verdict. "Earlier, I may have some doubt, but now it is crystal clear that he is involved in the assassination so he should be brought back to Pakistan and should be tried in Benazir murder case", he said. "I was quiet when Zardari accused me of murdering Benazir", he added.

However, Zardari's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has rejected the allegations as "ridiculous".

He added: "Zardari was in power for five years, why did he not look into the case, why was the investigation not active - because he was involved in Benazir's murder".

Shah said that General Musharraf is willing to testify in person if he gets foolproof security from the defence ministry. "Nevertheless we provided foolproof security to her at the stage of public meeting", he said. However, the court has chose to record the statements of the other accused separately.

"Every time there is a murder, the first thing that needs to be seen is who has the most to gain from the death. It could not have been me - the group hated me, and the feeling was mutual", Musharraf further said. In 2008, Zaradari was acquitted of the charges of ordering the murder.

Musharraf emphasised that he wanted to directly address the three Bhutto-Zardari children, their family and the people of Sindh.

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