Former ruler denies role

February 22, 2012

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Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.—File Photo

KARACHI: Former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf has denied allegations about his involvement in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Reacting to statements made by Interior Minister Rehman Malik in the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday, Mr Musharraf said in television interviews security was mainly the responsibility of the provincial government and matters relating to her primary security were handled by PPP workers.

He said he had informed Ms Bhutto before her arrival in Pakistan about threats she faced.

“Benazir did not consider me to be a threat,” Mr Musharraf said.

He said the question that had not yet been answered was who had asked her to emerge out of the sunroof of her jeep just before the attack. He said he had met Ms Bhutto twice in Dubai but had not spoken to her after her arrival in Pakistan on Oct 18, 2007.

“Rehman Malik was not present during those meetings,” he added.

Talking about his return to Pakistan, the former president said he was willing to face courts.—Dawn monitor