Musharraf blames Benazir for her death

Former Pak Prez Pervez Musharraf blamed Benazir Bhutto of negligence that led to her death, saying he has "no regrets" about the security provided to the former premier on the day of her assassination.

Updated: Sep 30, 2010, 18:24 PM IST

London: Former Pakistan President Pervez
Musharraf blamed Benazir Bhutto of negligence that led to her
death, saying he has "no regrets" about the security provided
to the former premier on the day of her assassination.

"There was adequate security provided but security in
our environment (Pakistan) is, I would say, never adequate,"
Musharraf said.

In comments that could anger members of the Pakistan
People`s Party, Musharraf went on to effectively blame Bhutto
for putting herself at risk by standing up through the sunroof
of her vehicle.

She was shot and a suicide bomb was detonated shortly
afterwards.

Bhutto, who was Pakistan`s prime minister twice, was
assassinated at a political rally in Rawalpindi on December 27
2007.

A UN report into her killing, published in April, said
her death could have been prevented and criticised the
Pakistani intelligence services, police and the government led
by Musharraf, for security failures.

Though Musharraf did not comment in the aftermath of
the report, however, when asked last night about the UN`s
conclusions, he said he had "no regrets".

Musharraf was being interviewed by the former British
ambassador to the US, Christopher Meyer, here last night,
where the former military ruler has lived since he stood down
as president in 2008 amid widespread protests after nine years
in power.

PTI