The Assassination of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto

The book reveals the conspiracy and facts behind Benazir Bhutto’s assassination
All those who were involved in Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto case were identified, arrested and trialed but got bail from Lahore High Court (LHC).

Former Interior Minister and senior PPP leader Senator A. Rehman Malik made highly startling revelations about the assassination of former Prime Minister Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto on the eve of her 14th martyrdom anniversary. These revelations have been summed up in the form of a book entitled “The Assassination of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto” consisting of 28 chapters and carrying all the details of characters involved in the incident of Liaqat Bagh. The book is published in both English and Urdu and is available to the public for free.

While paying rich tribute to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and martyrs of Liaqat Bagh incident, Senator A. Rehman Malik said that false impressions are engineered that the PPP government during its five years tenure had been failed to investigate the case.  Writer states any such impressions are baseless and stand negated after this book as all those who were involved in the murder of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto were identified, arrested, trialled, and even convicted except those who were killed mysteriously and those who are absconders. Details of the mysterious killing of planners, handlers, and facilitators along with their particular role in the crime and their profiles are mentioned in the book, he added. Author stressed that it remained a mystery in the minds of investigators as to how the only drone hit in Khyber Agency to kill Ibad ur Rehman alias Chattan who was the main handler of murder plan.

“Providing security to the former prime minister was the responsibility of the then government which they failed to do and I want to ask why strict security arrangements were not made and why security was not provided as per the Blue Book,” the author questioned. Malik further asked as to why and at whose request the crime scene was washed away immediately after the martyrdom.

Rehman Malik in his book writes that the PPP government had transferred the case from Punjab Police to FIA and a high-powered JIT of senior officers from FIA and police was formed for further investigation of the case. Author states that despite all the difficulties and covert forces who tried to disrupt the investigation, the brave police and FIA officers managed to gather evidence, arrest the accused and bring them to justice. “The accused were found guilty and convicted by a competent court but later a bench of Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court granted them bail”, further adds, “Those TTP accused included Abdul Rashid, Aitzaz Shah, Rafaqat Hussain, Hasnain Gul and Sher Zaman whose roles are well described in this book.”

Former Interior Minister writes that the second suicide bomber Ikramullah who slipped away from the scene and after spending a long time with Baitullah Mehsud and currently is working with TTP Amir Mufti Noor Wali in Afghanistan. He has survived two life attempts and it is also a mystery which odd forces want to kill him when he decided to appear on BBC and unearth some facts as he was attacked a day before his planned interview but due to attack it didn’t take place. In this regard he has written four letters to the Ministry of Interior that a request be made to Afghan to deport Ikramullah, and also the TTP chief Mufti Noor Wali who is the author of book wherein he has confessed the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

Senator A. Rehman Malik revealed that the conspiracy of killing Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was hatched at Room No. 96 of Madrassa Haqqania, Akora Khattak by the former student of the said Madrassa. Ibad-ur-Rehman had brought suicide bombers to the Madrassa from then TTP chief Baitullah Mahsud and stayed in Room No. 96 overnight. He further adds that JIT had collected the original admission record with photographs, addresses, and parentage from Madrassa of those students who conspired and then executed the conspiracy. He maintains that accused Nasrullah who had brought suicide bombers in Rawalpindi on 26th December 2007 and Ibad-ur-Rehman, the planner were later on found to have been killed in separate operations by the LEAs.

Senator A. Rehman Malik on the occasion of book launch said that the case is now pending before the High Court for decision and he hopes that the Bhutto family and the workers of the PPP one day will get justice for their leader Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and justice on the judicial murder of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. He further maintained that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed was a great leader and her martyrdom caused irreparable loss not only to PPP but to the whole country. He stated that Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari are taking forward with mission of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Shaheed in difficult times and Jailas are giving their full support to the leadership.

Finally, Rehman Malik urged the Taliban government of Afghanistan to hand over Ikramullah to Pakistan as he is wanted in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. “While negotiating with the TTP, the government should not forget that terrorists have inflicted deep wounds on us and have killed our loved ones, including the innocent children of APS Peshawar and troops” he maintained. Writher further stated that Pakistan Army has made unmatched sacrifices for the restoration of peace in Pakistan and their sacrifices must not go in vain. It must be mentioned here that the book is dedicated to Bhutto family and martyrs of PPP and the foreword is written by renowned senior Pakistani journalist Shafqat Ali.

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