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Be "nice" to me for protection, Musharraf told Benazir: Report

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf had warned Benazair Bhutto that if she wanted protection in Pakistan she should be "nice" to him, a top ex-aide of the assassinated leader has claimed.

world Updated: May 03, 2010 02:40 IST

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf had warned Benazair Bhutto that if she wanted protection in Pakistan she should be "nice" to him, a top ex-aide of the assassinated leader has claimed.

According to the Sunday Times report, former premier Benazir had called Musharraf, then the President of Pakistan, seeking additional security for her.

"He told her, 'I warned you not to come back until after the elections," and threatened her, "I'll only protect you if you're nice to me," said Husain Haqqani, a former Bhutto aide who was living in the US and is now Pakistan's ambassador in Washington.

"Instead of stepping up her security, it was reduced," the report quoted him as saying.

She was even told not to travel in vehicles with tinted windows, as this was against the law of the local government.