Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf’s name was included on Monday in the list of accused in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, according to a media report. Musharraf’s name was added to the list following a statement by former Rawalpindi city police chief Saud Aziz, the daily Dawn reported.
Aziz claimed that Musharraf had given the order to change Benazir’s security in-charge. He also claimed that the murder scene was immediately washed on Musharraf’s orders.
Bhutto was assassinated December 27, 2007, as she was leaving Liaquat Bagh in a motorcade after addressing an election rally in Rawalpindi, Islamabad’s twin city and Pakistan’s old capital in northern Punjab.
A teenaged shooter was seen aiming for her head in the CCTV footage before a powerful suicide blast killed at least 24 people participating in the rally.
The Interior Ministry accused the Taliban of plotting to kill Bhutto at that time, while doctors said that as she was standing in her vehicle, ‘her head banged against the lever of the sunroof of her vehicle, which caused her death’.
Musharraf ruled Pakistan for nine years after taking power in a bloodless coup in 1999. He stepped down in 2008 and left Pakistan. He now lives in London.
The former president was sent a questionnaire by the interior ministry last December about Bhutto’s assassination.