ISLAMABAD: Former president and Chairman All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Syed Pervez Musharraf has said that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari is the real master mind behind the murders of former Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and her brother Mir Murtaza Bhutto.
In a video message, the former army chief levelled serious allegations on the PPP co-chairman. “The reason for Bhutto family’s destruction is Asif Ali Zardari,” he said and added: “he is the murderer of both Benazir and Murtaza.”
Urging the law enforcement agencies to immediately arrest Asif Zardari in both cases, Musharraf said that Asif Zardari was the one who had benefited the most from former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination.
“Who had deployed Rehman Malik on Benazir Bhutto’s protocol on what expertise and experience?” he asked. After the incident why Rehman Malik fled out of the crime scene and went to Islamabad, he questioned.
He further asked who had Khalid Shehenshah murdered. Not only that, Musharraf wondered who had the person who gunned down Khalid Shehenshah assassinated as well.
General Musharraf said that it should be investigated that who altered the bomb-proof vehicle’s body with a sun roof in it and who asked Ms Bhutto to come out of that sun roof and waive.
“Who had a sunroof made on a bombproof car? Who phoned Benazir and told her to come out of the vehicle?” he asked.
Later that phone in use of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was intentionally made lost to destroy the evidence. After two years of murder the phone was recovered and it had no traces in it.
Musharraf alleged that Asif Zardari had murdered Benazir at the hands of Baitullah Mehsud. He further revealed that senior Afghan leaders were also involved in the murder as Zardari had contacts with former Afghan president Hamid Karzai.
There is another possibility that former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Afghanistan’s intelligence agency orchestrated this attack on Benazir Bhutto through Baitullah Mehsood, he further said.
“It was Baitullah Mehsood who organized attack me. He was my enemy,” General Musharraf said.
General Musharraf said that Baitullah Mehsood was his enemy and so does Hamid Karzai. At that time I don’t had such persons with me who could influence Karzai. But Zardari and another important personality had good relations with Karzai, he added.
General Musharraf expressed his worries that an Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) of Rawalpindi on August 31 exonerated the real culprits. He said that innocent officers former Rawalpindi CPO Saud Aziz and former Rawal Town SP Khurram Shahzad were sentenced to 17 years in prison while five terrorists, who were under custody, were acquitted.
“As far as I myself is concerned, I was at loss due to the murder of Benazir Bhutto but Zardari took full benefit of it,” he said. “I was quiet when Zardari accused me of murdering Benazir,” he added.
He expressed his hope that if genuine investigations may be conducted it will reveal Zardari as murderer of the slain Pakistan Peoples Party leader Benazir Bhutto.
General Musharraf said that he is addressing to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Assefa and Bakhtawar in particular, then people of Sindh province and every citizen of Pakistan in general who were aggrieved by the death of Benazir Bhutto.
General Musharraf said that his government was not responsible for provision of security to Benazir Bhutto. “Nevertheless we provided foolproof security to her at the stage of public meeting,” he said.
The former president questioned that why testimonies of the eye-witnesses like Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Naheed Khan and Safdar Abbasi were not recorded before the court.
“Zardari for the first time pronounced me as murderer that is beyond my patience,” he said and added said that the whole nation is bewildered by the judgment of ATC where two fine police officers have been sent to jail with 17 years imprisonment sentence while the real culprits have been freed.
General Musharraf said that Zardari is trying to divert public attention from him and to focus it on me. “Had there been genuine investigation, it will find Zardari as the real culprit, he said and demanded that Zardari be arrested under the murder charges of Benazir and Murtaza Bhutto. It is to mention here that Zardari on September 18 had filed appeals against the judgment of ATC at Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench where he sought death penalty for General Musharraf alleging his role in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.
On August 31, ATC had announced the verdict in Benazir Bhutto murder case after nine years, and declared former president Pervez Musharraf absconder. The court had directed to forfeit the property of Musharraf while it also sentenced former Rawalpindi CPO Saud Aziz and former Rawal Town SP Khurram Shahzad to 17 years in prison, and fined them Rs5 lac apiece. Furthermore, the court also released the other five suspects, who were nabbed in this case, over lack of evidence against them.
Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007 while Musharraf was president. She was killed after addressing an election campaign rally in the city. A trial of five suspects, who were arrested by police, started in February 2008 which was later handed over to FIA.
The ATC had indicted former president Pervez Musharraf in the case in February 2011, and in August the same year he was declared a proclaimed offender. A separate case was filed against his continuous absence. NNI