London, Dec. 27 (TNS): Former military dictator and main suspect in Benazir Bhutto murder case Pervez Musharraf revealed that during his reign there may have been elements within the establishment that conspired with the Taliban to murder former two times Prime Minister, British media reported on Wednesday.
When asked by the BBC on Bhutto’s 10th death anniversary if rogue elements within the establishment could have been in touch with the Taliban about the killing, the former military ruler responded: “Possibility. Yes, indeed. Because the society is polarised on religious lines.”
Adding that his assessment was a hunch rather than solid proof, he said: “I don’t have any facts available. But my assessment is very accurate I think… A lady who is known to be inclined towards the West is seen suspiciously by those elements.”
But there are some who continue to strongly believe Musharraf himself was directly involved in what transpired on December 27, 2007, when a 15-year-old from South Waziristan shot Bhutto at Liaquatbagh before blowing himself up.
Journalists Mark Siegel and Ron Suskind have repeatedly claimed that months before her assassination, Bhutto was telephoned by Musharraf who told her not to return to Pakistan.
“He [Musharraf] said that her safety, her security (or lack thereof) was a function of her relationship with him,” said Siegel.
Immediately after the call, Bhutto said: “He threatened me. He told me not to come back. He warned me not to come back,” according to Siegel, who added that Musharraf had said he would not be responsible for what happened to her if she returned.
According to the BBC report, Musharraf strongly denied making the call and dismissed the idea that he would have ordered her murder. “Honestly I laugh at it. Why would I kill her?”