Benazir’s family was all talk and no action in her murder case: Saad Rafique

Railways minister says verdicts in Panamagate and Benazir murder cases raise serious questions over judicial system

News Desk September 01, 2017
Khawaja Saad Rafique. PHOTO: PPI/File

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Friday that the family of former PM Benazir Bhutto and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) offered nothing but lip service to bring her murderers to justice.

In a series of tweets, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader also went on to claim that those who had staged sit-ins and the ones who had organised them behind the scenes were responsible for Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf's escape from the country.

He added that Musharraf was involved in the murders of Benazir and former Balochistan governor and CM Akbar Bugti, responsible for the Lal Masjid massacre and had deposed the higher judiciary.


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The minister also said that the verdicts in the Panamagate and Benazir murder cases had raised serious questions over the judicial system.

“Apparently, Gen Musharraf proved to be more powerful than the judicial system,” he added.

Rafique's tweets came a day after an anti-terrorism court acquitted five accused in the Benazir murder case for want of evidence while branding former military ruler Musharraf a fugitive.

The judge not only declared Musharraf a  proclaimed offender, but also ordered confiscation of his property. Musharraf is alleged to have been part of a broad conspiracy to have his political rival killed before elections. He has denied these allegations.

However, the former dictator is on the run and is residing in Britain these days.

The minister also claimed that the lawyers’ movement had managed to reinstate the judges deposed during Musharraf regime but was unable to restore its prestige and freedom.

“To defeat our external enemies, we need to discuss our internal problems,” he maintained.

"If there is no national dialogue for a transparent and strong democratic system, the internal  unrest will increase."



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