Major breakthrough in BB murder case inquiry

Published: October 23, 2010
File photo of Benazir Bhutto minutes before her assassination. PHOTO: EPA

File photo of Benazir Bhutto minutes before her assassination. PHOTO: EPA

RAWALPINDI: The Benazir Bhutto assassination case being probed afresh has found a major breakthrough, with a top police official turning approver.

Punjab Police SP Ashfaq Anwar, who was assigned escort duty with 120 police commandos for the slain PPP leader at the venue of her public meeting at Liaquatbagh, has disclosed that the then CCPO Saud Aziz forcibly removed him from the ex-premier’s security.

Recording his four-page confessional statement in Islamabad magistrate  Farhat Nadeem’s court, he said he was responsible for escorting Benazir back to Islamabad from the meeting’s venue with 120 police commandos. He had been assigned this task in writing and reached Liaquatbagh on time at (December 27, 2007).

Upon Benazir’s arrival, CPO Saud Aziz ordered him to leave the place but he declined. The CPO again phoned to say that a rally had been fired upon in Islamabad’s locality called Koral before Nawaz Sharif’s arrival, but he again refused to obey the order, saying Islamabad did not come under his jurisdiction.

Upon his third refusal, the CPO said: “I order you to leave Liaqautbagh’s venue and move to Islamabad’s Expressway.” He said he left the place with commandos and reached Expressway where police force under the command of Islamabad Police SP Tahir Ayub was already present.

When he phoned his police boss to ask if he should move back to Liaquatbagh since they were no more required in Islamabad, Saud Aziz said “no” and told him to stay put till further orders.

Likewise, his contingent was subsequently moved to Koral Chowk and Sadiqabad before being told to go home.

He told a joint investigation team that had he been allowed to stay at the public meeting venue, the tragedy might have been averted. Two police officers SSP Tahir Ayub and Dr Moeen attested to the statement.

According to the joint investigation challan, the gun-and-bomb attack was launched on the orders of Baitullah Mehsud by Saeed alias Bilal. Five accused have been nominated in the case while five others are dead. A fresh challan is being presented in the anti-terrorism court No 1 of judge Akram Awan on Saturday (today).

Published in The Express Tribune, October 23rd, 2010.

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (14)

  • ArifQ
    Oct 23, 2010 - 11:06AM

    And the ATC Judge where the challan was supposed to be presented goes off on long leave, why?Recommend

  • Saad
    Oct 23, 2010 - 12:56PM

    Because we loved her and the Establishment (ISI more specifically) couldn’t bear her. It’s very clear who the killers are, yet we have to wait for the day they will be brought to justice. Only if we can weaken and break down this fanatic establishmnet for the sake of this country. And only if the honorable (independent) Judiciary will focus on cases like these, rather then having to dicsuss how to create hurdles for the democratic governmnet, on thier breakfast, luch and dinner.
    Admiting that I never voted for PPP, but she was a great Pakistani and I hope she will always live in us, in the youth of this nation. And that we will overcome the current crisises and as much as we have to eliminate those fanatics, called terrorists we need to remove these fanatics conservatives in our establishment and intelligencia. We love ISI but not that one headed by the conservatives like Hameed gul and the company, rather the one who will work for the civilian government and not have the ideas of colonizing Afghanistan and wreaking India. Recommend

  • Dr. Ali Ahmed
    Oct 23, 2010 - 3:03PM

    ok, wht if i say, even BB knew about the blast, and everything went according to the plans, except the fone call and BB comin out of the sun roof.. wht if i claim that the vehicle wasn’t suppose to have a sunroof at the very first moment.. what if i believe that BB’s route was changed and a black merc went missing just few mins before the blast…Recommend

  • Oct 23, 2010 - 6:04PM

    This will go forever.Recommend

  • Oct 23, 2010 - 8:02PM

    ali ahmed:)

    what if…she were alive?

    then asif would be sulking/partying in his manhattan apartment!Recommend

  • KM
    Oct 24, 2010 - 12:05AM

    Nawaz Sharif’s jalsa have have been fired upon, so that the law enforcing agency’s attention could be diverted from Benazir Bhutto’s programme … It seems to be a very well orchestrated plan … I guess clues will further come out if the attackers of Nawaz Sharif’s jalsa are interrogated. Baitullah Mehsud’s services may have been hired by the masterminds who sit safe n sound today.Recommend

    Oct 24, 2010 - 12:59AM

    Saud Aziz, former police chief of Pindi, has filed a petition in the Lahore High Court for allowing him to go abroad for a 20-day study tour!Recommend

  • Khan
    Oct 24, 2010 - 1:44AM

    Saud Aziz knows more then he confessed. He is one of the keys to unearth who really was behind this.Recommend

  • Shah jamal
    Oct 24, 2010 - 3:10AM

    Benazir Bhutoo was a close associate to her late father Z A Bhutto & has learned a lot from her late father .Bhutto was a good politician after Jinnah, so was Benazir.Misfortune never comes alone ,some time when the rulers become Proudy or forget the creator they suffer .I think it is not ISI Or Gen Hameed Gull ,responsible for her murder .Actually India has not accepted Pakistan as a sovereign state & is engaged in destablising Pakistan.India dont accept any intellegent pakistani leader .It is India who is spreading her influence ,& interfereing in her neighboouring countries like,Nepal,Sri Lanka,Bhutan,Afghanistan & pakistan.Her lust for becoming a supper power in South Asia is not hidden any more.Recommend

  • someone@london
    Oct 24, 2010 - 3:44AM

    Too many times have heard his name in connection with BB’s murder.Recommend

  • Oct 24, 2010 - 8:19AM

    This is very fishy having a synonimity with the assasinations of Liaquat Ali Khan, King Faisal, John and Robert F. Kennedys, and the list goes on. The murderer is caught tried and declared innocent. Or is not caught at all.

    Again, if the former police chief applies for a twenty day study leave the question does arise as to what will he do at his age with the course he is attending. If he will impart the education acquired to his subordinates and make a better equipped force, then it is incumbent upon the GoP to make sure that he returns. Otherwise it remains fishy.

    Too many GoP officers go on study tour at a late stage of their careers / age and when they come back their departments are still not better off.

    It’s the third year of BB’s assasination and the killers have not been caught and will not be caught. This will continue.

    With salams and best wishes.Recommend

  • rosilva1
    Oct 24, 2010 - 4:20PM

    It was actually Israeli agents like in the murder of Rafic Harriri in Lebanon and they set up everything from Pak Interior Ministry and Pak Justice Ministry. Approver coerced to say so! Fake evidence of approvers norm from American justice system where FBI fails to get a breakthrough. Strong legal systems normally disregard approvers and base justice on facts.Recommend

  • Bangash
    Oct 24, 2010 - 8:18PM

    The article and the comments are nonsense.Recommend

  • Nov 1, 2010 - 2:15PM

    I think we did not deserve her , as she was better then us . we Pakistani who are corrupt , non -tax paying Punjabi Feudal s and Corrupt Industrialists and Fundamentalist FATA Pashtuns .

    if we were honest and Better Pakistanis then we would have not Lost her

    We deserve stupid and Illiterate Politician that we have in Parliament now and Illiterate FA Pass general;s to rule us . Recommend

More in Pakistan