Musharraf ‘murdered my mother’: Bilawal

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Published: May 25, 2012
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Bilawal says Musharaff sabotaged his mother’s security when she returned to her homeland in 2007. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Bilawal says Musharaff sabotaged his mother’s security when she returned to her homeland in 2007. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

WASHINGTON: The son of slain 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 President Asif Ali Zardari, said Musharraf 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 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, it was clear that he was pulling the wool over our eyes. He was not interested in returning democracy to Pakistan. And when 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 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 to contest elections after the government warned he would be arrested upon arrival.

Bhutto’s son, who is head of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), said he hopes to take a greater role in Pakistan’s political life.

“I did not campaign in the last election, I went to university. I don’t feel like at the moment I have the mandate to take a particularly active role,” he said.

“I look forward to campaigning in the next election and playing a larger role then,” he said. Asked if he hoped to be Pakistan’s leader one day, he said: “I’d like to help my people in any way I can.”

“It’s difficult times in Pakistan and we all have to help.”

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Reader Comments (87)

  • Angry
    May 25, 2012 - 11:39AM

    And your father allowed Musharraf to go scot-free, with full military honors.

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  • Acorn Guts
    May 25, 2012 - 11:40AM

    … And now you are killing my sanity. Please go back to living in Dubai on our tab thank you.

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  • Ali T.
    May 25, 2012 - 11:42AM

    Musharraf murdered your mother…. And your dad gave him a guard of honor

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  • May 25, 2012 - 11:44AM

    Oh please cut the crap , Everyone knows who killed ur mother & why
    Musharraf warned her & it was her fault to get out of her very expensive bullet proof car
    its not like he was gona ride with her to protect her that DUTY of going with her being with her was ur FATHER’s
    get a life Bilawal & come stay here in lyari ur home town

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  • Sakina Kavi
    May 25, 2012 - 11:47AM

    proof?

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  • Ahmer Ali
    May 25, 2012 - 11:48AM

    Then why don’t you arrest him and give him death sentence whereas you are in the power and the government now……..

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  • cheema
    May 25, 2012 - 11:53AM

    No it was someone a lot closer than that my dear.

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  • May 25, 2012 - 12:12PM

    HOw is Gen Musharraf responsible for BB’s death? And what did he gain from it?
    And also, who’s the biggest beneficiary of her death??
    Can anyone please answer these questions??

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  • memon
    May 25, 2012 - 12:16PM

    He is good addition in Pakistan ‘s politics . Young , energetic , liberal , have strong party . But he will groom when his party is in opposition where he chance to meet common people directly and face tough establishment .

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  • Ali
    May 25, 2012 - 12:18PM

    come on… seriously???

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  • Rana
    May 25, 2012 - 12:19PM

    An official endorsement, nothing revealed new. Bilawal should come forward to bring criminal back and put him on trial.

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  • Ahmed Zawar
    May 25, 2012 - 12:20PM

    And still your dad mr. president zardari let him leave the country easily and never tried calling him back to face trial. Still the government of the friends of your late mother hasn’t got the slightest of clues about anything related to the murder conspiracy even after spending millions of dollars from public funds on investigations. Still zulfiqar mirza a close ally of your mom openly asserts that rehman malik was involved in this whole incident and fled immediately from the scene when bb was killed and still mr zardari and friends of your mom have him as the interior minister of the country since 4 years. Bilawal you are either too naive or you too have started to play dirty political games like the rest of your corrupt looters party members.

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  • Ms Marium
    May 25, 2012 - 12:21PM

    And it was YOUR father who let him go ..

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  • Prince Harry
    May 25, 2012 - 12:22PM

    when all else has failed, and you couldn’t caiptalize on government judiciary row over immunity… start digging skeletons to gain sympathy. That’s all you depend on to garner votes from the masses.

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  • M.S
    May 25, 2012 - 12:23PM

    Are you kidding me!!!

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  • Mo Sheikh
    May 25, 2012 - 12:23PM

    Your mother was warned about this threat before leaving the house but she ignored all such pleas.

    Perhaps your father (who is known to be very protective of himself and himself only) should have taken the responsibility of advising your mother not to go out in the open.

    And perhaps the person actually responsible for this is the most competent security expert in the region, Honorable Rehman Malik sahib, who sped away from the scene of murder.

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  • PakArmySoldier
    May 25, 2012 - 12:24PM

    Absolutely no evidence. I would instead look for culprits within your family.

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  • F Khan
    May 25, 2012 - 12:25PM

    Rehman Malik & Ameen Faheem was in the next car. BB came out of the roof in spite of security warning. The local security was under PPP selected/controlled local administration. She was addressing public gathering although mushraf was openly saying her not to do that and that there was intelligence info that she could be targeted….these are facts we all know….I am not a musharaf fan but it is unfair to criticize him.It is possible that there could have been some lapsed here and there but sure he is not to be blamed directly on BB death……Bugti yes he murdered him.Period.

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  • DevilHunterX
    May 25, 2012 - 12:27PM

    You want to help? Ride in a public bus for 1 year without any protocol.

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  • pakistani
    May 25, 2012 - 12:52PM

    Come on…….Mr. Bilawal, we have had enough of this story. we alrady know all these facts. Tell us something new, what have ur govt. done on any front including the investigation of murder. u wont get any symapthy vote on this issue in upcoming election.

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  • taimur khan
    May 25, 2012 - 1:04PM

    What were you guys doing all these 4 years?Recommend

  • Manoj
    May 25, 2012 - 1:05PM

    Your father is president of the country and handpicked person the promeminister. What your father and govt. did to bring Mussharf to justice.

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  • un ami de Paris
    May 25, 2012 - 1:44PM

    I agree with Bilawal Zardari about his views regarding assassination of Mohatrama BB. I would remind Bilawal that, according to the news story published recently,Musharraf was accorded VIP welcome by none else but the embassy of the Republic of Pakistan in Beijing during his visit to China.

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  • Ammar
    May 25, 2012 - 2:11PM

    Bilawal, first avenge the people who are making people of pakistan lives miserable. your mom died for democracy. prove that you believe in her. Go after the people are are the true enemies of pakistan with pakistan and save us from them, only then you eligible to shot high. remember “Charity begins at home”

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  • SCHater
    May 25, 2012 - 2:18PM

    Musharref was the president at that time, He resigned from the seat, so deserved the full protocol, so stop shouting about the protocol thing please!

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  • Polpot
    May 25, 2012 - 2:21PM

    Why does this guy not talk about the loadshedding situation in Pakistan?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Talk about live issues not dead ones.

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  • True Muslim Paki
    May 25, 2012 - 2:34PM

    We know that, & we also know the Establishment is far too powerful than the President!!

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  • May 25, 2012 - 3:13PM

    And if you are so resolute on helping the people of Pakistan “in any way I can” then why not start returning our money; the one on which you studied and enjoyed foreign trips.

    So, are you willing?

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  • ISF Tigers
    May 25, 2012 - 3:39PM

    And this fact dawned on you after 4.5 years of PPP Govenment? Isn’t it too early??

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  • Sabih Shad
    May 25, 2012 - 3:43PM

    How come we don’t see libel cases against such statements and articles…

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  • Kashi
    May 25, 2012 - 3:50PM

    First they said that Bait ula Mehsood killed her n now Musharaf,,,did any court or Law prove it ???

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  • J Effendi
    May 25, 2012 - 4:36PM

    Dear Bilawal Zardari,
    Your prepeubertal immature outburst at a leader like Gen. Musharraf shows you might need few more years of education to mature We do not like to see immature children who inherit political parties and inherit Pakistan as a whole. You’ve hijacked the feudal party leadership-
    Please don’t insult us by calling us ‘your’ people. We share nothing in common with you.
    You need to speak my language before we begin. What do you know about this country other than billions of pound sterling worth of mansions that your mom made.
    A common citizen.
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  • Mullah Ka Bacha
    May 25, 2012 - 4:46PM

    The mullahs killed your mother but like all Pakistanis you will not confront the mullah or hold him accountable

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  • Owais
    May 25, 2012 - 4:46PM

    Lol…. What a joke? And whose govt allowed musharraf to leave the country?? Which political party was ruling at the time musharraf was given a guard honour n was allowed to leave the country?? …. He maybe educated at oxford but that doesnt mean ppl listening to him r stupid!! Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 25, 2012 - 4:48PM

    As of today who is the biggest beneficiary of Benazir’s murder ?

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  • Patriotic Pakistani
    May 25, 2012 - 4:56PM

    You are not even actively involved in politics right now and the first thing you are worried about is your own security!!! This shows how loyal you are to the people of Pakistan who are dying everyday from drone attacks, target killing, load shedding, inflation, floods and the list is never ending! Oh please spare us and stay in Dubai or UK and enjoy the looted fortunes that your family has made from this poor country and its poor people.

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  • Madiha R.
    May 25, 2012 - 4:57PM

    Are you serious? I thought the person who got all the benefits after her death was responsible!?!

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  • dv sikka
    May 25, 2012 - 4:59PM

    A cheap political stunt. What stops his party’s government to prosecute Musharraf. It is some kind of diversionary tactics to defame Musharraf for political gains. Why does he not ask Gilani to honour the directive of the Supreme Court. let him show that he has any respect for rule of law.

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    May 25, 2012 - 5:27PM

    Just by reading the comments above… do these people really don’t realise how hated they are back here in Pakistan…
    I guess ignorance is bliss.

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  • haris
    May 25, 2012 - 5:32PM

    @Mo Sheikh:
    Oh Bro! please don’t drag Rehman Malik inn. He is purely innocent. As a matter of fact he doen#t know where he actually while Benazir was shot. He gave 3 different statements to 3 different News Channels about his presence. It was really difficult to collaborate where he actually was during the shootout.
    Poor Rehman Malik, I wonder why everyone in this country drag him every now and then.

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  • sadia
    May 25, 2012 - 5:36PM

    I dont care about bb.

    **I CARE ABOUT LOAD SHEDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I CARE ABOUT LOAD SHEDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I CARE ABOUT LOAD SHEDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I CARE ABOUT LOAD SHEDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I CARE ABOUT LOAD SHEDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!**

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  • shazada zahid mahmoud malik loan
    May 25, 2012 - 5:40PM

    Mr Bilawal Zardari you need to answer a big question. How did you gain entry to Oxford? What were you doing in the “Occupied Land of the Sioux Indians” – alias USA? Are you an heir apparent? What credentials and an experience do you have? None. who told you to invite Mr Raul Gandhi? Mr Zardari junior believe me you will no longer be on the stage after March 2013 – you will be gone to Dubai – we will make sure of that. You have nothing to offer to the people of Pakistan. They need jobs and not BB shaheed – did she win any wars? you need to read the book “Bazar e husan se parliament tk” – you will get to know your mama – the BB shaeed.

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  • May 25, 2012 - 5:41PM

    Musharraf killed your mother and your party is killing us now. He killed one, you’re killing one million. Please, gimme a break! Grow up, talk some sense!

    Read all the comments here and see how many support your statement. None so far! It’s high time to add some brains to your position!

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  • LionOfPunjab
    May 25, 2012 - 5:49PM

    Musharaff should come back to pakistan and clear his name. Isn’t it a shame that an ex-COAS, the most powerful man in pakistan, hides in UK,USA or Dubai? BTW, in case you didnt know musharaff’s son is a medical doctor(US citizen) practicing in USA, serving US citizens (our enemy #1 for the ghairat brigade), while he was educated as doctor in pakistan, paid courtesy of awam and PA! Why cant he come back and serve the sick people in pakistan?

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  • Quiet storm
    May 25, 2012 - 6:00PM

    Nice political joke… ROFL.

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  • May 25, 2012 - 6:04PM

    the news of murder reached too late.

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  • Imdad
    May 25, 2012 - 6:08PM

    So now that the elections are coming up, the Buttos (or should I say Bhutto-Zardaris) are back to claim votes in lieu of the shahadats and qurbanis they have given for Pakistan.
    If thats all it takes to claim votes then there are thousands and thousands of people who have lost their lives in the recent past to acts of terrorism.
    Their ‘lawahikeen’ should also be entitled to our votes.

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  • GhostRider
    May 25, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Cry-Baby attitude of PP coming forward as it always does when elections come near…. Recommend

  • sami khan
    May 25, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Bilawal has no right to come and rule this sleeping nation, he is unaware and unqualified for ruling the ground based issues of Pakistan.Blaming musharaf is like blaming ur own self.Just think bilawal as everything we speak out must carry weight but what you are saying is just for publicity and nothing else.Next time address this nation issues and for God sake leave these personal issues aside.

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  • maz3tt
    May 25, 2012 - 6:12PM

    people will ask where is the killer. this is just preparation for electionRecommend

  • vasan
    May 25, 2012 - 6:20PM

    Does Bilawal have “Evidence” which is acceptable to the Pak SC

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  • Hataf
    May 25, 2012 - 6:25PM

    Musharraf said, Your security is based on your relation” we all know this is the truth!!

    Many close to their agreement, such as then Secy State Condileeza Rice and Colin Powell have endorsed this claim.

    Where is the lie here! And its obvious PPP couldnt hang Musharraf!!

    the political system is not strong enough to try military generals in Pakistan!

    you commenting and abusing doesnt make a difference, are u blind to see all this?

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  • Syed
    May 25, 2012 - 6:47PM

    Here you again. Be ready to see next PM from PPP. If people of Pakistan elect PPP again than I think Pakistanis are the biggest stupid losers in the World. Don’t you guys get it 3 strikes and you are history.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    May 25, 2012 - 6:48PM

    The issued of BB’s murder needs a exhaustive debate and role of Musharraf whether he was directly involved or indirectly, or whether he was no involved at all.

    This is a court matter and needs a lot of evidences before prosecution of Musharraf.

    I hope that General Musharraf should be allowed to prove that he is not guilty.

    The concerned court has to decide whether Musharraf is guilty or not.

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  • Ben
    May 25, 2012 - 6:49PM

    If Musharraf was murderer because he could not provide her security, then who is the murderer of victims of target killing of Kaeachi? By the same logic, who is the murderer of Murtaza Bhutto in 1996?

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  • Siddh
    May 25, 2012 - 6:52PM

    My sympathies on your loss Bilawal, but seriously ‘we’ the people need a safe enviornment to live (just like you do). You came to power to give us all that. Catching the culprits is the Government’s job, not us. We have already spent millions on trying to find facts through UN and other agencies.

    As elections near, let’s talk about benefits you gave us, excluding the beggarish income support scheme. Good luck with that (no pun intended).

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  • Hataf
    May 25, 2012 - 6:58PM

    firstly, the policemen on duty who washed the crimescene have admitted that they washed in on orders on Musharraf

    then the police was removed when BB left the rally on orders from GHQ,

    then, Musharraf threateniing BB that if she doesnt support him he will not provide security this has been mentione every where like COndeeliza rice and Colin Powel

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  • Rumsfield
    May 25, 2012 - 6:59PM

    hahaha! he’s never even lived in Pakistan and he’s planning on ruling it! what a joke! do Pakistan a favour and stay in England. Enough of this PPP crap!

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  • Sameer
    May 25, 2012 - 7:33PM

    Putting side the facts of the case, and the nightmarish performance of current and past governments run by Benazir’s party, I cant understand why Bilawal’s statements should make the headline. Is he an elected representative? Has he previously been an elected representative? Are the citizens of Pakistan his subjects? Has he had any role in Pakistan’s affairs? Is he an expert on international politics? Answers to all: No.

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  • Shah
    May 25, 2012 - 7:35PM

    If I had a choice I would choose musharrafs regime over ppp ANYDAY!Recommend

  • Mo K
    May 25, 2012 - 7:49PM

    And therefore, Zardari should be held responsible for all the murders that have been taking place in broad daylight in the streets of Karachi, as his government fails to provide adequate protection to innocent people; he should be held responsible for the ‘collateral damage’ that takes place in KP at the behest of his government sanctioned drone strikes; he should be held responsible for the racially motivated killings that take place across Balochistan and Sindh every week. The people of Pakistan don’t give a damn about who killed Benazir.Recommend

  • Mohsin Naqi
    May 25, 2012 - 7:55PM

    Yup, elections are upon us. Time to resurrect our ‘shaheeds’ to get sympathy votes.

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  • someone
    May 25, 2012 - 8:00PM

    the other day he was tell obama to apologise… today he is accusing musharraf of murder. Go Kid….go and play with the other kids on the street…its not up to your level to address world leaders…Recommend

  • DevilHunterX
    May 25, 2012 - 8:06PM

    Bhutto “murdered” my country.

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  • Rukhshan Haroon
    May 25, 2012 - 8:42PM

    An attempt to hood-wink the public, convicting Musharraf her murderer. Telling you it’s just for the elections declaring his own party innocent and naive.

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  • Afzal A. Neseem
    May 25, 2012 - 8:53PM

    He claims ownership of the PPP and inheritence of the state of Pakistan as family heirlooms bequeathed to him by his deceased mother.And how much does he know about Pakistan,its history,its cultural heritage and the suffering of its people?As much as any foreign rich boy living good life in Dubai or England?I hope so.Recommend

  • Saadia
    May 25, 2012 - 8:57PM

    Bilawal, Musharaf killed your mother and your dad profited from that, today he is the richest person of Pakistan.

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  • Freedom Seeker
    May 25, 2012 - 9:43PM

    New stupid attempt to cash her blood to win election. She was brave lady but these criminals talk about her but have no actions.

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  • Muhammad Ishaq
    May 25, 2012 - 10:32PM

    Yes. Mushraf Killed BB. And he got punishment.

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  • sarfraz
    May 25, 2012 - 10:36PM

    For God sake mr Bilawal don’t use ur mother’s death as a political stunt, you and we know very well that who is responsible for her death but not Musharaf, so grow up and don’t spoil the pious and pure relation of Motherhood!!!

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  • Mawali
    May 25, 2012 - 10:40PM

    Usual garbage! Blame everything on Musharraf.

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  • Romm
    May 25, 2012 - 10:48PM

    It’s simply stupid Argument

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  • From Toronto With Love
    May 25, 2012 - 10:49PM

    Grave politics (Pun Intended).

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  • Khan Jr
    May 25, 2012 - 11:03PM

    If Musharraf wasn’t involved in Benazir’s death then the evidence shortly after her killing would not have been quickly washed away on agency instructions.

    However two pertinent questions do arise from all this:
    1. Why did it take Bilawal Zardari 4 1/2 years to accuse Musharraf?
    2. Why did his father not only permitted Musharraf to leave Pakistan but allowed him an honour guard to send him off?

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  • ashar
    May 25, 2012 - 11:06PM

    It means PPP have decided to join hands with musharraf in the next elections. Enemies of the past, friends of the future.

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  • Atif Ahmed
    May 25, 2012 - 11:28PM

    If that’s your theory Mr Bilawal Zardari then your mother was responsible for Murtaza Bhutto’s security. Can you say something about who killed him? He was your uncle I think, just reminding you.

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  • Kaspar
    May 26, 2012 - 12:07AM

    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.”**
    And, finally, Dad allowed Gen. Musharraf to leave Pakistan with full honours! Not only that, even though “he knew who murdered her,” (his own statement), he went for a UN inquiry at taxpayers expense ($5 million, no less, or was it $50m.?) that yielded nothing. (Khoda pahar, nikla chooha).
    Master Bilawal, under training politician, gives statements according to the audience he is speaking to. But it is time he asked his Dad to expedite the investigation into his mother’s assassination. Time is running out. Or the next government will do this for the benefit of both father and son!

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  • careful reader
    May 26, 2012 - 12:09AM

    by that logic, your mother BB is guilty of the murder of your uncle Dr Murtaza Bhutto PhD, he was the real heir to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s political legacy, murdered during your mother’s time as prime minister. Ever wonder why Shoaib Suddle and the other police personnel who were involved in the murder of Murtaza Bhutto PhD were all promoted to high ranks in the police, FIA, IB and other government offices after your father became president???

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  • bilal
    May 26, 2012 - 1:13AM

    who killed murtaza bhutoo!! i hope you still remember his as your uncle

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  • Mullah Ka Bacha
    May 26, 2012 - 2:03AM

    THE MULLAHS done it – the same ones your govt provide free villas for

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  • MK
    May 26, 2012 - 3:57AM

    I will vote for Musharraf anyday. I dont believe in democracy though because of them as an educated professional, im jobless. I miss Musharaff’s time — law and order plus economy was performing well. I pray by somehow he comes back to power again and this sham democracy ends for good.

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  • dr junaid tipu
    May 26, 2012 - 4:19AM

    ignorant kid, try and stand up against your dad first, whos the biggest enemy of the whole nation, otherwise there is no sympathy for you or anyone of your family anymore…………..traitors!

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  • May 26, 2012 - 10:16AM

    @LionOfPunjab:

    Are you Nawaz Shareef in disguise?

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  • Bookie
    May 26, 2012 - 5:28PM

    again same story. plan to get sympathy votes. is it even relevant now!

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  • ijazmir
    May 26, 2012 - 6:43PM

    BB zinda hay, It is my will is to vote for Balawal.

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    May 26, 2012 - 7:43PM

    This charge has as much credibility to it as the charge against ZAB.

    They hung him.

    Wonder what will happen here?

    No brownie points for guessing right.

    There has always been one rule for civilians and one rule for our brave fauji’s.

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  • curious
    May 30, 2012 - 8:44AM

    Yes Benazir was tragically murdered but what about the murders of missing people in Pakistan and the poor who have no rights or justice in Pakistan?

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