The whole truth?

Published: February 22, 2012
Some interesting facts have emerged from Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s response to a resolution, moved by members of the Sindh Assembly. PHOTO: AFP

Some interesting facts have emerged from Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s response to a resolution, moved by members of the Sindh Assembly. PHOTO: AFP

In our country, the truth, or at least all of it, is always hard to come by. But at least some interesting facts have emerged from Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s response to a resolution, moved by members of the Sindh Assembly, demanding that the report into the December 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto be made public. The report has so far been kept under wraps, shared only with the PPP’s Central Executive Committee. Malik’s briefing to the Sindh Assembly followed in quick succession by the revelation of the content of the report in Lahore, brings up some intriguing facts along with a lot of old hat.

As the PPP has held before, Malik blamed former president Pervez Musharraf for the murder, charging that he not only knew of the murder — carried out by the late Baitullah Mehsud — but had also abetted it by failing to put in place proper security. The report contents in Lahore also stated that Musharraf had organised the hasty and illogical press conference, held hours after the killing by the then Crisis Cell Management in charge, Javed Iqbal Cheema. Senior police officers were also blamed for failing to allow an autopsy. We have heard much of this before; it offers little that is really new.

The revelation by Malik that former students of the Darul Uloom Haqqania — one of the largest and best known seminaries in the country — were involved, does however, offer food for thought. The allegation is that the plot was hatched at the seminary, mainly to punish Benazir for her role in the Lal Masjid operation, carried out, of course, under Musharraf. This adds something of a new twist to the tale, given the standing of the seminary. Its founder, Maulana Samiul Haq has immediately denied involvement — but the account given, provided that it is backed by sufficient evidence, should make us think harder about the role played even by the better known seminaries in our country. Even if little that is truly startling has emerged from the minister’s remarks, it is a good omen that the report has been discussed in public and lies open before all of us to consider.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 23rd, 2012.

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  • Cautious
    Feb 22, 2012 - 11:40PM

    One has to wonder why Zardari would cover up a report which points to Musharraf and religious fanatics accused of assassinating his wife. Perhaps he knows what most of Pakistan seems to conveniently forget forget – that Mushy represents the military establishment and the civilian authority has never had the courage to openly confront that establishment. Rather than focus on Mushy who has fled the country – why not focus on the establishment which forcefully put him on the throne and has apparently obstructed and intimidated every effort to resolve who assassinated BB.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Feb 22, 2012 - 11:55PM

    @Cautious: You have nailed it bro! Thanks.
    With the strangle hold of army even BB’s own kids can do nothing against the killers of their mother. It is the same way that BB could not do anything against the killers of her father ZAB. In that case his killers were very well known. PPP’s oponents can claim that Zardari was BB’s killer but they cannot say that BB was her father’s killer and that is why she never pursued that case! Lies, lies and more lies to blame the victim.


  • Shah
    Feb 23, 2012 - 1:00AM

    Gimme a break. Just when the elections are near the report is being made public so that they can get more sympathy votes. And this person is telling us the report who i must say dont even know how to write a report. These shenanigans wont work any more. bye bye PPP(Petite Pista Pukes)Recommend

  • S
    Feb 23, 2012 - 11:42PM

    Mr. Shah. I would recommend you do some research why it was made public. A resolution in the Sindh Assembly was passed to make it public. Hence, the parliamentarians asked for it. And the UN report was made public too long time back so it has nothing to do with elections.


  • Feb 25, 2012 - 2:53PM

    Investigation made by top level quarters provided no help
    to come to the acceptable result.On the other hand it created
    more complications.

    As every one know that Taliban and The United States
    with NATO forces are in arena and combating for more
    than ten years,Both the parties in war are not ready to tolerate
    each other ally.mere doubt compelled them to kill and attack.

    It was open not secret Benazir Bhutto was coming Pakistan as close
    ally of the United States,that was intolerable for Taliban.

    So they hatched conspiracy to murder her,for this purpose a suicide
    bomber was prepared and other persons to attack who were succeeded
    in the mission.

    This is a reality,Any person not involved in that unfortunate murder.


  • Feb 25, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Investigation reports has left specific line of action,
    should carry on and reach the real culprit
    and those, who provided assistance and
    involved indirectly in that horrific murder crime.


  • Feb 25, 2012 - 4:47PM

    The fact is that
    she was informed,not come to Pakistan,
    there are chances of your murder,
    but she put every thing aside and come.

    First she was attacked in Karachi but fortunately
    Allah save her.
    Front line party figures made no amendments in her safety

    It is also very important that who,inside the vehicle advised
    her to stand and get her face out,
    It is a very important question but not raised at any stage
    of the case.


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