Bin Laden involved in Bhutto`s killing: Malik

Osama bin Laden was involved in former premier Benazir Bhutto`s assassination and the perpetrators of her murder have been identified, Interior Minister Rehman Malik claimed.

Updated: Jun 22, 2011, 00:51 AM IST

Islamabad: Osama bin Laden was involved
in former premier Benazir Bhutto`s assassination and the
perpetrators of her murder have been identified, Interior
Minister Rehman Malik claimed on Tuesday.

Talking to reporters at the parliament house, Malik
claimed that al Qaeda chief bin Laden, killed in a US raid on
May 2, was involved in Bhutto`s killing in 2007.

He said since the matter was in court, he would not
comment any further.

"The assassins and perpetrators of Benazir Bhutto`s
murder have been identified. Some have been arrested while
others have been declared proclaimed offenders. If the
(Pakistan People`s Party) leadership will allow it, I will
disclose who they were, where the plan was prepared and how
they came to Rawalpindi," he said.

Asked about the recent transfer of the judge who was
hearing the case against five persons charged with involvement
in Bhutto`s killing, Malik said the government had nothing to
do with the matter as the posting of judges was decided by
judiciary.

Responding to a question about India`s alleged
involvement in fomenting unrest in Balochistan, he said the
issue was highlighted during the meeting of the Interior and
Home Secretaries of the two sides.

Each and every matter cannot be shared with the media
"due to the fear that the culprits and miscreants involved
will flee from the area", he claimed.

Baloch people were being killed in Balochistan to
create unrest in the province but the situation had
considerably improved after the introduction of a development
package, he said.

Balochistan is an important province and the
government initiated the package to remove a sense of
deprivation among its people, he added.

Malik claimed suicide attacks would stop if "we give a
strong message of unity and support to our law enforcing
agencies and armed forces".

He asked opposition parties to avoid politicising
internal and external security issues in the larger national
interest.

PTI