According to the report by UN and Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed by the government of Pakistan to probe the Benazir Bhutto murder, Pervez Musharraf was aware and involved in the Benazir assassination plot, wrote Mark Siegel for The New York Daily News on Thursday.
Siegel wrote that Benazir was “visibly shaken” after she hung up Musharraf’s “threatening” phone call on September 25, 2007.
“Musharraf had threatened her with dire consequences if she returned to Pakistan to lead her Pakistan Peoples Party in the upcoming elections, where she was the major threat to defeat him. Bhutto quoted him as saying that she would be responsible for what happened to her,” he wrote.
Siegel added that, “Bhutto had believed that Musharraf was complicit in the attempt to take her life in Karachi by not providing her enough security. In fact, his involvement in the Karachi and Rawalpindi attacks was much more direct and insidious.”
The government, after four years of investigation, has started legal procedure against Musharraf, who is currently in exile in London, and also requested Interpol to issue red warrants for his arrest.
Earlier, Musharraf had been asked to appear in the Supreme Court on March 22 (today) with documents proving his identity as a Pakistani citizen.
Due to an editing error, an earlier version of the post stated that Benazir Bhutto received the “threatening” phone call on September 25, 2011. It has now been rectified.