Former Pakistani president Musharraf accuses former president Zardari of involvement in Bhutto family murders

Former Pakistani president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Thursday directly blamed Pakistan Peoples Party leader and Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari for the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in December 2007.

In a video message, the former military ruler said Zardari is also to blame for the cold-blooded murder of Benazir’s younger brother Murtaza Bhutto in 1996.

He said Zardari has the most to gain from Benazir Bhutto’s murder.

“Asif Ali Zardari is responsible for the Bhutto family’s demise. He was involved in the deaths of Benazir and Murtaza Bhutto,” Musharraf said in a video posted to his official Facebook page.

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.

“There was just one person who had everything to gain from Benazir’s assassination, and that was Asif Ali Zardari,” he continued, proceeding into what he termed as his ‘analysis’ of the case.

“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.”

“We have to look at the circumstances and assess the situation. The next question is, who was in the car with her when Benazir died? Naheed Khan, her [Naheed’s] husband, Makhdoom Amin Faheem and Khalid Shehenshah — Zardari’s old jail buddy — were all in the car, but the court never even summoned these people to record their statements during the proceedings” he complained.

“Shehenshah was made the close-in security in-charge for Benazir. My question is why? What experience did he have in the field? What is even more suspicious is that he was also murdered under mysterious circumstances soon after Benazir’s death,” Musharraf said.

“What is even more strange is that the man who murdered Shehenshah was also killed. Who is capable of all this, one should ask. The answer is Asif Ali Zardari,” he said, adding that all these questions raise suspicions regarding the case.

Benazir was assassinated in a gun and bomb attack at a PPP rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

Anti-terrorism court on on August 31 declared Musharraf a fugitive in the murder case of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and acquitted five people in the assassination.

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