US ignored Bhutto`s plea for evaluation of security: WikiLeaks

Bhutto handed over a written request to US Ambassador Anne W Patterson two months before she was killed, say the WikiLeaks cables.

Last Updated: May 21, 2011, 23:45 PM IST

New Delhi: Just two months before she was
killed in a terror attack, former Pakistan Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto had approached then US Ambassador in Islamabad
asking for help to evaluate her personal security but it was
ignored, latest WikiLeaks cables have revealed.

Bhutto handed over a written request to US Ambassador
Anne W Patterson two months before she was killed asking her
to carry out an evaluation of the security because she feared
for her life, say the WikiLeaks cables, accessed by a news
channel.

The cables reveal that the US chose to look the other
way, suggesting that Benazir should work constructively with
General Pervez Musharraf`s government -- the same organisation
that Benazir insisted was out to kill her.

Benazir made the request to the US Ambassador
immediately after a terror strike killed more than 130 people
at a rally organized by the Pakistan Peoples Party on October
18, 2007 in Karachi. The rally was organised to welcome her
after her eight years` exile in Dubai and London.

According to the cables, Bhutto told the US Ambassador
that she did not believe that the Pakistan Government was
giving the security that she needed and she was under severe
threat.

Suspecting Musharraf administration`s hand in Karachi
attack, Bhutto also complained of shoddy Pakistan Government
probe into Karachi terror strike, it said.

But Anne Patterson, whatever reasons, decided not to
do that, it said.

Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007, after
departing a party rally in Rawalpindi, two weeks before the
scheduled Pakistani general election of 2008.

PTI