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Musharraf Accuses Zardari of Being Involved in Benazir Murder

Islamabad (September 21, 2017): Former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Thursday alleged that Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari was involved in the murder of his wife and former premier Benazir Bhutto.

In a video message, Musharraf said that Zardari said that Zardari was involved in the murder of his wife and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

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He further alleged that Zardari was to be blame for the murder of Benazir’s brother, Murtaza Bhutto, in 1996.

Musharraf said he was sending out this message as Zardari had personally called him out by blaming him for Benazir’s murder.

Saying that he wanted to directly address the three Bhutto-Zardari children, the Bhutto family and the people of Sindh, Musharraf argued: “Every time there is a murder, the first thing that needs to be seen is who has the most to gain from the death. In this case, I had everything to lose as I was in power and the murder put my government in a difficult situation,” he said.

“Zardari was in power for five years: why did he not look into the case? Why was the investigation not active? [That is] because he was involved in Benazir’s murder.”

Going further, Musharraf said: “The evidence is clear that Baitullah Mehsud and his people were involved in the murder; but who had asked them to target Benazir Bhutto? It could not have been me — the group hated me, and the feeling was mutual.”

“The charge they are levying against me is that I did not provide Benazir adequate security — [but that is] something I was not responsible for. The only question I have is, who took the decision to create a hatch in the roof of a bullet and bomb proof car?”

“The other thing is, Benazir had a heavy security detail. She had already addressed the public gathering and gotten into the car unharmed, before someone called her incessantly and got her to wave to the people out of the hatch. Her phone was not found for over two years after the assassination attempt,” he alleged.

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