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Pervez Musharaf took away security to knock Benazir off, alleges Bilawal

KARACHI: In an interview to a foreign news website, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday alleged that former President General (retd) Pervez Musharaf was involved in assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

On 10th death anniversary of his mother, Bilawal said the former military ruler destroyed the evidences from the murder site moments after her assassination.

Referring to public meeting at Rawalpindi’s Liaquat National Bagh on Dec 27, 2007, Bilawal said Musharaf took advantage of the situation and took away her security to remove her from the scene.

“I personally hold him responsible for the murder,” Bilawal said.

Bilawal went on saying that Musharaf threatened his mother on her arrival in Pakistan back in 2007 after stating her protection will be assured upon cooperation with him.

He also dispelled a perception about involvement of his father, former President Asif Ali Zardari, in the murder.

In reply to the interviewer’s question, he said such impression has been ingrained into the public minds with an ill-intention.

“I don’t have details of Musharaf giving direction to terrorists on a call or meeting someone to convey a secret message; this is why I do not allege involvement of institutions,” he added.

Coming over the Anti-terrorism court (ATC) proceedings in Benazir’s murder case, he said the court ignored the United Nations’ investigation report alongside the other key evidences collected by the government.

“This all happened to give a safe passage to Musharaf,” he underlined.

On Dec 27, 2007 former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated soon after she finished an election rally at Liaquat Bagh in garrison city of Rawalpindi. A suicide bomber shot at her and then blew himself up in a gun and bomb attack on the fateful day.

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