In a major accusation, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto on Wednesday said that his mother Benazir Bhutto paid the price for fighting against the dictatorship and that the former president Pervez Musharraf got her killed.
The Express Tribune quoted Bilawal as saying in an interview with a British media outlet that some important details about his mother Benazir Bhutto's assassination are not being disclosed in order to protect Musharraf.
"Pervez Musharraf directly threatened my mother that the guarantee of her security upon her return to Pakistan depended on Bhutto's cooperation with the government," Bilawal said.
"I personally hold Pervez Musharraf responsible for the assassination of my mother," he added.
The PPP chairman further stated Musharraf took advantage of the situation to get rid of his mother.
"The PPP does not regard the young man who killed Benazir in a bomb and gun attack on her vehicle in 2007 as her murderer. In reality, Pervez Musharraf killed my mother by taking advantage of the situation," Bilawal said.
"The terrorist did shoot the bullet from which my mother was killed, but the former president removed my mother's security protocol on purpose so she would be an easy target," he added.
Earlier in September, Pakistan's Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani called Musharraf a murderer and said the latter should return to Pakistan and face cases against him.
Geo News had quoted Rabbani as saying that Musharraf should return to Pakistan and face cases against him if he is a brave man.
He had added that Musharraf was enjoying his life sitting in London and Dubai.
Today is the 10th death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto.
She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan's first democratically elected prime minister.
Benazir went on to become prime minister twice in the 1990s, but she was always distrusted by the military, which used corruption allegations to remove her from power. At the time of her death, she was making a bid for a third term as prime minister in 2007. The assassination had caused widespread civil unrest in Pakistan.
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