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Musharraf killed my mother: Bilawal

The then Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf was responsible for the murder of his mother and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, her son and Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said.

world Updated: May 26, 2012 00:07 IST

The son of slain Pakistan leader Benazir Bhutto said Thursday that ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf "murdered my mother", as he vowed to play a bigger political role in his homeland "in any way I can".

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of current President Asif Ali Zardari, said Musharaff sabotaged his mother's security when she returned to her homeland in 2007, and said he is confident of his own security in Pakistan.

"I'm confident that the Pakistani government will provide me with the adequate security, unlike the government at the time that sabotaged my mother's security in Pakistan," he told CNN in an interview.

The 23-year-old, who returned to Pakistan last year after studying at Oxford, said her assassination was due to a combination of Islamic extremists, and Musharraf's regime.

"Al Qaeda issued the instructions to do it, the Taliban... carried out the actual attack, while Pervez Musharraf purposely sabotaged my mother's security when he knew there was going to be attacks, so she would be eliminated.

"He murdered my mother. I hold him responsible for the murder of my mother," he added. "He'd threatened her himself in the past. He said: 'Your security is directly linked to our relationship and our cooperation'.

"When he imposed emergency, and it was clear that he was pulling the wool over our eyes. He was not interested in returning democracy to Pakistan. And my mother started to speak out more against him, the security decreased."

Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007, while leaving an election rally in Rawalpindi, the headquarters of Pakistan's army, shortly after her return to the country.

Musharraf, who has lived in self-imposed exile in London and Dubai since August 2008, has indefinitely delayed plans to return home after the government warned he would be arrested upon arrival.

Bhutto's son, who is head of the Pakistan's People's Party, said he hopes to take a greater role in Pakistan's political life.

First Published: May 25, 2012 07:47 IST