Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that he would reveal the names of the murderers of Benazir Bhutto and other little-known details of her assassination in his upcoming book.
PPP chairperson and former two-time premier Benazir Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack outside Rawalpindi’s Liaqat Bagh in 2007. Then chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Baitullah Mehsud was blamed for the assassination.
Addressing a gathering of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) workers in Chitral on Monday, Malik also announced several development projects for the district, including establishment of a passport office and a university to be named after Benazir.
He added that the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) will launch its mobile services in the district.
About the volatile security situation along the porous Pak-Afghan border, the minister said Kabul would be held responsible for cross-border attacks by Taliban militants led by Mullah Fazlullah on Pakistani villages and security posts.
Mullah Fazlullah, aka Mullah Radio, and his fighters have taken shelter in northeastern Afghanistan after they were routed in a massive military operation in Swat district in 2009. Since then, they have mounted frequent cross-border attacks on Pakistani security forces and civilians in Malakand, Chitral and Bajaur and Mohmand agencies.
Malik said that Pakistan would respond “accordingly” to any aggression in the future. “I will fight militants till my last breath,” he added.
The interior minister also announced a slew of measures to strengthen security in Chital, which included increasing the number of border guards from 400 to 1,500 and the number of Chitral Scouts platoons to 20 from the current seven.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 4th, 2012.