Islamabad: Osama bin Laden was involved in former premier Benazir Bhutto’s assassination and the perpetrators of her murder have been identified, Interior Minister Rehman Malik claimed on Tuesday.
Talking to reporters at the parliament house, Malik claimed that al Qaeda chief bin Laden, killed in a US raid on May 2, was involved in Bhutto’s killing in 2007.
He said since the matter was in court, he would not comment any further.
“The assassins and perpetrators of Benazir Bhutto’s murder have been identified. Some have been arrested while others have been declared proclaimed offenders. If the (Pakistan People’s Party) leadership will allow it, I will disclose who they were, where the plan was prepared and how they came to Rawalpindi,” he said.
Asked about the recent transfer of the judge who was hearing the case against five persons charged with involvement in Bhutto’s killing, Malik said the government had nothing to do with the matter as the posting of judges was decided by judiciary.
Responding to a question about India’s alleged involvement in fomenting unrest in Balochistan, he said the issue was highlighted during the meeting of the Interior and Home Secretaries of the two sides.
Each and every matter cannot be shared with the media “due to the fear that the culprits and miscreants involved will flee from the area”, he claimed.
Baloch people were being killed in Balochistan to create unrest in the province but the situation had considerably improved after the introduction of a development package, he said.
Balochistan is an important province and the government initiated the package to remove a sense of deprivation among its people, he added.
Malik claimed suicide attacks would stop if “we give a strong message of unity and support to our law enforcing agencies and armed forces”.
He asked opposition parties to avoid politicising internal and external security issues in the larger national interest.