The murder of Benazir Bhutto should not remain as a secret

Recently, on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of late Benazir Bhutto, former head of the People’s Party of Pakistan (PPP), his husband and PPP chairman Asif Ali Zardari issued a statement regarding his murder – “We will not end the FIR, whether you For this, how much emphasis should be put on us, and how much try. ”

Harald Munoz, the head of the United Nations commission investigating the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, who was related to Chile, said, “Perhaps no government will be able to find the truth in the tricky riddles of the Benazir assassination case.” , Or would not like to do so. ”

I read the book Getting Away with Murder, based on the memories of the former Chilean ambassador, as the Central Investigation Agency (FIA) under my leadership gave the responsibility of taking over the investigation from the Punjab Police on 6 August 2009 Went. The Special Investigation Group was also asked to constitute a separate investigation team consisting of top officials of various law institutions and intelligence agencies so that the investigation could be expedited and the suspects could be questioned.

I remember that night on October 18, 2007, when I was the IG of Balochistan Police, and I sat in front of the TV watching Mohatrama Benazir Bhutto greet a huge procession in Karachi when he returned to his homeland after 9 years of disengagement. Had been. His convoy was also targeted by the bomb blasts that night, in which 149 people were killed and 402 were injured.

Benazir Sahiba narrowly escaped the attack. After this, he had filed an FIR on his behalf. The police did not register the case that they had requested on October 21, 2007, in which they said, “I was informed by the government that some extremist gangs want to attack me.” After receiving this information, I wrote a letter to the President of Pakistan on October 16, 2007, in which I warned him about the threats to his security and the forces and people whom I suspected would harm me. Want to deliver. ”

The investigation was put on hold until December 27, 2007, even killing them. The case was filed again on October 17, 2008, to complete the case when General Musharraf resigned as president in August this year, and Zardari became president.

In the meantime, the UN mission began the investigation in July 2009, and the then government handed over the responsibility of conducting a separate investigation to the FIA ​​on 6 August 2009. By renaming the investigation intelligence as ‘Operation Trojan Hovers’, the investigation team of the case was informed before the main attack on October 18, between October 19 to December 27, and all the circumstances after 27 December and key documents of the incident, forensic written evidence and The goal of collecting evidence was given.

It was decided to record the earnest of all those who were traveling in the train with Benazir Bhutto. They included Driver Javed, SSP Security Imtiaz Hussain, Makhtum Amin Fahim, Naheed Khan, Safdar Abbasi and servant Razzaq. MP Safdar Abbasi and his wife Naheed Khan openly claimed that their president had been slaughtered by the “Inspire Bullet and Intelligence Operation”. PPP’s Tarjuman Sheri Rehman claimed that he died of a bullet. It was necessary to investigate these earnest and suspected behavior of Khalid Shahzad. Khalid Shehzad was a security guard who could be seen in TV footage minutes before Benazir’s assassination standing on his stage making suspicious gestures.

We started the investigation and sought help from the then Home Minister Rehman Malik, who was the Chief Security Officer of Benazir Bhutto. I sent him a letter through his trusted staff assistant director FIA on August 12, 2009, and sought answers to the following points:

A copy of a letter written by Benazir Bhutto to General Musharraf on October 16, 2007, which had the names of three suspects.
An imitation of an email written by Benazir Bhutto to Mark Sargil and others, in which he wrote about the threat posed by General Musharraf.
Imitation of the will of Benazir Bhutto.
Imitation of the final agreement to be decided between Benazir Bhutto and General Musharraf.
An imitation of the letter of security between Benazir Bhutto Chief Security Officer Rehman Malik and the Government of Pakistan and Sindh on the matter related to security.
I did not receive any response to my request.

During the interrogation of the five arrested Muljim Etazaz Shah, Hasnain Gul, Muhammad Rafaqat and Rashid Ahmad and other important clues, we decided to arrest the resident of Malakund, Abdul Rahman, of which we were sure that his main in the assassination of Benazir Is a character. But according to the information, the main character was killed in May 2010 in the first drone attack in Khyber Agency or in a Pakistani Air Force bombing.

Another suspected person, who was the number three in Al Qaeda and who managed the finances for the organization and was the mastermind of the operation, was Mustafa Abu Yazid alias Sheikh Saeed Al-Egyptian. He is said to have confessed responsibility for the assassination of Benazir, stating, “A person close to America and who intended to defeat the Mujahideen has been slaughtered.” According to the information, he died in North Waziristan on May 22, He was killed in a 2010 CIA drone attack.

 

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