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Benazir: Pervez must be held accountable

Former Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto has blamed General Musharraf for the nuclear crisis and demanded that he be held accountable.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2004 12:22 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt

Former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto has blamed General Pervez Musharraf for the crisis over the export of nuclear weapons technology and demanded that he be held accountable.

Bhutto was uncharacteristically aggressively after a long confabulation here on Friday with her party's MPs, senators and senior leaders, who all had flown in for devising a strategy to oust Musharraf and "restore genuine democracy" in Pakistan.

She said Pakistani scientists were being made scapegoats in the nuclear proliferation controversy. When asked about the likely fate of Dr A Q Khan, the principal figure in the controversy,. Bhutto said, "Some believe that his life is in danger".

"It's a lie that Dr Khan did all the things. Musharraf must be held accountable... It is the patriotic duty to hold him accountable", she said.

The proliferation, since 2000, too place under Musharraf, who was president as well as the army chief, she pointed out. She said Musharraf and his generals were harming Pakistan’s nuclear programme.

First Published: Feb 23, 2004 03:00 IST