The son of slain Pakistan leader Benazir Bhutto said on Thursday that ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf “murdered my mother,” as he vowed to play a bigger political role in his homeland “in any way I can.”
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of current President Asif Ali Zardari, said Musharraf sabotaged his mother’s security when she returned to her homeland in 2007, and said he is confident of his own security in Pakistan. “I’m confident that the Pakistani government will provide me with the adequate security, unlike the government at the time that sabotaged my mother’s security in Pakistan,” he said.
The 23-year-old, who returned to Pakistan last year after studying at Oxford, said her assassination was due to a combination of Islamic extremists, and Musharraf’s regime. “Al-Qaeda issued the instructions to do it, the Taliban... carried out the actual attack, while Pervez Musharraf purposely sabotaged my mother’s security when he knew there was going to be attacks, so she would be eliminated. He murdered my mother. I hold him responsible for the murder of my mother,” he added.
Killer: Bilawal Bhutto (Top) says he holds Pervez Musharraf responsible for his mother Benazir Bhutto’s death and alleged that he had previously threatened her life. File pics
“He’d threatened her himself in the past. He said: ‘Your security is directly linked to our relationship and our cooperation. When he imposed emergency, and it was clear that he was pulling the wool over our eyes. He was not interested in returning democracy to Pakistan. And as my mother started to speak out more against him, the security decreased.”
Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007, while leaving an election rally in Rawalpindi. Bhutto’s son, who is head of the Pakistan’s People’s Party, said he hopes to take a greater role in Pakistan’s political life. “I look forward to campaigning in the next election and playing a larger role then,” he said.