Benazir’s daughters ask ‘murderer’ Musharraf to face justice

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Islamabad, Sept 22 (PTI): Slain Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s daughters on Friday hit out at Pervez Musharraf for accusing their father Asif Ali Zardari of being responsible for her assassination, calling the former dictator a ‘murderer’ and ‘coward’.

On Thursday, Musharraf claimed that Zardari was responsible for the killing of his wife Benazir and said the former president gained the most from the assassination of the country’s first woman prime minister. Benazir’s younger daughter Aseefa Bhutto Zardari said in a Tweet that she was “disgusted and appalled by media houses that are giving attention to this murderer, who ran away”. “Blaming the victim. #ShameOnMusharraf,” she said in another tweet.

Benazir’s elder daughter Bakhtawar slammed Musharraf in a series of tweets. “Musharraf should quit talk shows and come talk in the courts of Pakistan. Coward. #ArrestMush #BlamingTheVictim,” she said in a tweet. “… and he ran away crying like a coward. Musharraf too busy on golf courses please come to Pakistan and face real courts #ArrestMusharraf,” she said. Bakhtawar also retweeted her sister Aseefa’s tweet: “Disgusted and appalled by media houses that are giving attention to this murderer, who ran away. #Shame #ArrestMusharraf”.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Khursheed Shah said that if there was a close link between Zardari and Tehreek-e-Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, then why did Musharraf not disclose this earlier, Geo News reported.

The 54-year-old PPP chief and a two-time prime minister was killed along with more than 20 people in a gun and bomb attack in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh during an election campaign rally on December 27, 2007.

Former president and army chief Gen Musharraf, who was last month declared a fugitive by an anti-terrorism court which ordered seizure of his property in the Bhutto murder case, accused PPP co-chairman Zardari of “having the most to gain from Benazir Bhutto’s murder” in a video posted on his official Facebook page on Thursday.

Musharraf, 74, who came to power in a bloodless coup in 1999, has been living in Dubai since last year when he was allowed to leave Pakistan on the pretext of medical treatment.

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