The husband of the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, who was killed in a terrorist attack on December 27, accused the nation’s authorities of their incompetence and attempts to avoid responsibility for the tragedy.
Speaking about his wife’s death, Asif Ali Zardari stated that there was an explosion but it occurred after Bhutto had been shot. “I have my eyewitnesses, but the Pakistani authorities did not interrogate them,” he said.
Benazir Bhutto’s husband had thus denied statements from officials of the Pakistani Interior Ministry. The officials said that a suicide terrorist fired his gun at Bhutto three times but missed. He blew himself up afterwards. Doctors of the hospital where Bhutto was hospitalized did not find any gunshot wounds on her body either.
Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema said she was killed when she tried to duck back into the armored vehicle during the attack, and the shock waves from the blast smashed her head into a lever attached to the sunroof, fracturing her skull, he said.
However, a video footage made by one of Bhutto’s supports shows the terrorist shooting at Bhutto three times.
“I believe that the Pakistani government is a group of incompetent people, who cannot distinguish between the back and the front. They should not be doing such turns in history. Instead of claiming responsibility for the tragedy they laid the blame on others. They are playing dirty games,” Asif Ali Zardari said.
It has recently been reported that Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack to assassinate Benazir Bhutto. However, Islamic militants said Saturday that they had no link to Bhutto’s death. They dismissed government’s claims that a leader of pro-Taliban forces in Pakistan carried out the suicide attack on the opposition leader, the AP reports. The dispute and conflicting reports about Bhutto's exact cause of death was expected to further enflame the violence wracking this nuclear-armed nation two days after the popular former prime minister was killed in a suicide attack.
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