No role in Bhutto`s assassination: Musharraf

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 14:48

Islamabad: Former military ruler Pervez
Musharraf has denied allegations about his involvement in the assassination of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, saying President Asif Ali Zardari knows who killed her.
Reacting to remarks made by Interior Minister Rehman
Malik yesterday during a briefing on the assassination in the
Sindh Assembly, Musharraf told TV news channels that the
security of political leaders was the responsibility of
provincial governments and not the federal government.

Matters related to Bhutto`s security were handled by
workers of her Pakistan People`s Party, he said.

He contended that Bhutto`s widower, President Asif
Ali Zardari, knew who had killed her.

He said he had informed Bhutto before her return to
Pakistan from self-exile in 2007 about the threats she faced.

"Benazir did not consider me to be a threat," Musharraf
said.

During the briefing in the Sindh Assembly, Malik said the
PPP-led government will bring Musharraf back to Pakistan
through Interpol to face trial for his alleged role in failing
to provide adequate security to Bhutto at the time of her
assassination.
Khalid Qureshi, the officer heading the investigation into Bhutto`s assassination by a suicide bomber in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007, said Musharraf was named in the chargesheet he had failed to provide the "VVIP security" that
Bhutto was entitled to as a two-time former premier.

However, Musharraf claimed that Interpol will not get
involved in the matter. He criticised the government`s report
on the assassination, saying it was unfounded.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 14:48

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