Taliban did not kill Benazir: Imran

Published: May 2, 2013
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PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: NNI/ FILE

PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: NNI/ FILE

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that former two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto was not assassinated by the Taliban.

“Benazir was clearly killed by the people worried that she was going to come into power,” he said in an interview with British daily Telegraph.

About recent reports suggesting that the PPP is open to offering Imran the prime minister’s slot in a coalition government, the PTI chief ruled out any such deal. “How can you bring change by joining the status quo?”

Imran also reiterated his stance against drone strikes in tribal regions, arguing that the CIA campaign only bolstered more people into joining the Taliban. “The way to do it [end militancy] is to take away their motivation, which is Jihad … If people are willing to die for a cause, it is very difficult to defeat them,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 2nd, 2013.

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  • Arcane
    May 2, 2013 - 9:29AM

    Ok.

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  • Mirza
    May 2, 2013 - 9:32AM

    Taliban apologists and their defender. No wonder Taliban do not attack these rightwing leaders. Who says Taliban do not have their advocates and supporters? TTP never kill anybody especially liberal leaders!

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  • Muneer
    May 2, 2013 - 9:34AM

    A political leader with confused and muddled thinking.

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  • Zulfiqar
    May 2, 2013 - 9:41AM

    His words make sense, always !

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  • Kamran
    May 2, 2013 - 9:46AM

    Imran Khan! Nation is standing behind you because we think only you can get Pakistan out of this quagmire of so called War on Terror.

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  • Mj
    May 2, 2013 - 9:51AM

    How does he know? Did the taliban tell him personally? Imran Khan is playing a dangerous and potentially destabilizing game to garner power.

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  • Max
    May 2, 2013 - 9:54AM

    IK should be careful for making such analysis public. BB was killed after she told BBC’s David Frost in an interview that Osama bin Laden died in 2002.Recommend

  • Babar
    May 2, 2013 - 9:58AM

    Taliban have found themselves a new spokesman.

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  • Raj Kafir
    May 2, 2013 - 10:05AM

    Taliban did not kill BB………….this implies that Taliban are capable of killing high profile politicians like BB

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  • StinkingIndia
    May 2, 2013 - 11:06AM

    Imran Khan is 100% right.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    May 2, 2013 - 11:17AM

    PML-N and PTI are not against Taliban this is why Taliban are not attacking on PML-N’s and PTI’s elections’ campaigns’ rallies in Pakistan…….

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  • Tamur
    May 2, 2013 - 11:29AM

    TTP admitted they carried out the attack to kill Benazir and he is denying it. Either you are lying or they are. IF IK is not afraid to die then he should give up his massive security men, bullet proof land cruiser and walk alone into rallies. This is the reason this super defender ot terrorists is not getting my vote.

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  • Salman
    May 2, 2013 - 11:53AM

    Army operated and failed to defeat taliban, U.S drones are only increasing the resentment of the local people against united states and Talibans are thus using them for their cause. And everyone knows who was the killer of Benazir.

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  • Ammad Malik
    May 2, 2013 - 11:58AM

    From what you say, the only thing that can be understood is that Taliban wanted SMBB to come into power? Pure genius, this man.

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  • BILAL
    May 2, 2013 - 12:07PM

    this guy always make sense.

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  • roadkashehzada
    May 2, 2013 - 12:48PM

    how does he know,
    may be ehsanullah ehsan (may be number saved as shani on IK’s mobile) text him

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  • Najeebullah
    May 2, 2013 - 1:01PM

    Breaking news, TTP replaced Ehsanullah with Imran khan as their official spokesman.

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  • Zulfiqar
    May 2, 2013 - 1:05PM

    @Tamur
    Please show me a single statement where Taliban spokesperson accepted that, I really wish to see that!
    Secondly Massive security??? Remember IK home got attacked just 2 weeks back, there were only two police guards standing outside his home. If this is massive security, what you will call 1260 policemen giving security to the Nooras and their family?

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  • Ahmed
    May 2, 2013 - 1:21PM

    taliban have denied involvement in Benazir murder and the major question is that why she was not provided better security? after the incident why the evidence was wash away?

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  • Vaqas Uddin
    May 2, 2013 - 1:34PM

    If TTP involved at that time why UN Report is not public ? Why Senator Rehman Malik and Babar awan also the part of UN when they are collecting evidences ? Why both of them ran awy from the Scene?

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  • Yasir Mehmood
    May 2, 2013 - 2:06PM

    O yeah blame this on pmln

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  • Zulfiqar
    May 2, 2013 - 3:00PM

    The statement is simple and logical, only a person with correct state of mind can understand it. Taliban never accepted the involvement in murdering BB. PPP never tried to find out who killed BB even having all the resources available to them as they were in Govt. from past 5 years…. See its simple :)

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  • Amanzeb Khan
    May 2, 2013 - 4:28PM

    Taleban actually expressly denied doing it which is strange considering its a terrorist org and its profile grows with such assassinations. Clearly they did not do it.

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  • Tamur
    May 2, 2013 - 4:50PM

    @ Zulfiqar. Here is a statement:Al-Qaeda commander Mustafa Abu al-Yazid claimed responsibility for the attack. Quoted from Benazir’s article on Wikipedia. Now please show me a statement where taliban deny killing Benazir.

    As far as security goes, only last week BBC showed Imran Khan being escorted in a human bubble of security men to a jalsa. He also arrived in an SUV surrounded by atleast a dozen police vans. The UAE Prime Minister walks and drives his car without any security protocol Will Imran do the same? I doubt it.

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  • kashif
    May 2, 2013 - 5:31PM

    Imran Khan! A hypocrite, on one side he defends the actions of Taliban and on the other side having such a blunt secular personality. Criticizing others while himself having a royal like life style. Criticizing others while himself having a huge security around him. Imran Khan please practice what you preach.

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  • janaan
    May 2, 2013 - 6:00PM

    Let play Dumb and Dumber

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  • Rasheed
    May 2, 2013 - 7:38PM

    If he knows that he must also be knowing who did. Why doesn’t he disclose that part too.

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  • May 2, 2013 - 8:33PM

    Imran Khan was not giving his opinion but quoting the UN report!

    Such blatant propaganda against PTI will InshAllah be defeated with TRUTH.

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  • Talha rizvi
    May 2, 2013 - 8:46PM

    @roadkashehzada:
    Oh my God I can’t stop laughing.Man you have a great wit.

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  • Breaking Bad
    May 2, 2013 - 10:11PM

    Glad you figured it out. Now can you please tell us who killed her?

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  • Ali
    May 2, 2013 - 10:39PM

    @Zulfiqar, the “attack” on Imran Khan was a mob of disenchanted PTI supporters outside his 30 acre estate in Bani Gala. On the other hand, since 2007, the PPP, MQM and especially the ANP have been the victims of several terrorist attacks that have taken the lives of leaders like Benazir, Taseer, Bilour, Bhatti, Imam, MPA Haider along with over a thousand activists and workers belonging to these parties. Just an hour ago, another blast has targetted the MQM injuring several people. Oh yeah, as per Imran Khan, the “drones made them do it” apologies will now be trotted out.

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  • sadiq nagri
    May 2, 2013 - 11:00PM

    come on dude,stop living in fool’s errand..taliban accepted the responsibility of killing bb shaheed..and since when have u become taliban’s spokesperson?

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  • John
    May 3, 2013 - 1:59AM

    When he will tell that taliban are not terrorists??

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  • ABKhan
    May 3, 2013 - 10:07AM

    @Mj:

    How does Zardari or Rehman Malik knew that Taliban killed BB? Did Taliban told them personally ?

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  • Zaida P
    May 3, 2013 - 3:32PM

    How does this man know so much about the inner workings of the Taliban?? Beats me !

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  • poleturtle
    May 3, 2013 - 8:43PM

    Taliban’s spokesman !!

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  • Tariq
    May 8, 2013 - 4:34AM

    @Max:

    BB simply misspoke during that interview. She meant to say “Omar Sheikh, the man who murdered Daniel Pearl”. Listen to her entire sentence and the context is clear. Stop and think for a minute before giving in to the conspiracy theories.

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  • Liz
    May 8, 2013 - 3:50PM

    For all you out there who think that IK is just another leader with a big mouth, I suggest you try to use your brain for once..
    He is much better than the others fighting for the seat….

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