By Ansar Abbasi
ISLAMABAD: All those who have come under a cloud of suspicion in the UN Commission report on Benazir Bhutto’s assassination have been generously and exceptionally treated and rewarded by the present PPP regime.
The report found Rehman Malik’s statement as incredible. It blamed the Musharraf regime and talked in a suspicious manner about the role and conduct of the then Rawalpindi’s City Police Officer Saud Aziz. It also expressed its reservations over the role of the then secretary interior Kamal Shah and his inability to properly respond to seriousthreats to Benazir’s life. It also speaks about the dubious role of Nusrat Naeem, the then deputy DG ISI.
Interestingly, the present regime let General Musharraf leave the country. Rehman Malik, chief security officer of Benazir Bhutto, was amongst the first ones to be given key government position. Malik was initially appointed as Adviser to the PM on interior and later made the minister after getting into the Senate. Malik is today one of the most influential ministers and close associates of President Asif Ali Zardari.
Kamal Shah, the then secretary interior, a known favourite of Musharraf was protected and was even given extension in service but was ultimately removed last year.The then CPO Rawalpindi Saud Aziz despite having been identified as an extremely controversial cop to have messed up with the Benazir’s murder case, has been appointed as CPO Multan, the prime minister’s hometown on the personal request of the PM.
The then deputy chief of ISI, Maj-Gen Nusrat Naeem, and a known crony of Musharraf was not promoted by the incumbent Army chief and allowed to retire prematurely, is also reported to be in contact with today’s Presidency as well.
The Commission also said Kamal Shah did not have any clear answer when asked as to why following the Oct 22 threat report, no directive was issued to safeguard Benazir Bhutto. The treatment given to these people by the PPP shows it has no reservations about their role in the Benazir murder. In fact, the PPP did not even register an FIR against the assassination and it is not clear whether any case would now be registered after the UN report, which costs $50 million to the taxpayers.