In a startling claim, Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan has said that former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was not killed by the Taliban. Speaking in an interview with British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, the PTI chief said that Bhutto had been “clearly killed by people worried she was going to come into power”.
He did not say whether his claim was based on any concrete evidence that he was privy to, nor did he care to clearly identify the killers (in his view) of Benazir Bhutto. The Benazir Bhutto murder case is currently underway in an anti-terrorist court in Rawalpindi.
Khan’s claim contradicts the investigations done by a UN commission as well as Britain’s Scotland Yard police. Both investigations highlighted the role of Takfiri Deobandi militants (Taliban aka Sipah Sahaba) who are allegedly sponsored by certain rogue element in Pakistan army’s intelligence agencies.
Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007 in Rawalpindi while she was campaigning ahead of 2008 elections.
Investigators are currently questioning former military ruler and president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf was was heading the country at the time of her assassination. Musharraf has repeatedly denied his involvement and has instead blamed the slain leader for ignoring security warnings by the then regime.