Musharaf accuses Zardari of plotting Benazir, Murtaza Bhutto's murder

Zardari had filed as many as three pleas demanding to execute former president Pervez Musharraf

Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf has accused People's Party of Pakistan (PPP) leader and Benazir Bhutto's husband Asif Ali Zardari behind his wife's assassination on Thursday.

"Asif Ali Zardari is responsible for the Bhutto family's demise and is involved in the deaths of Benazir and Murtaza Bhutto", Musharraf, who is now living overseas, said in a message also posted on his official Facebook page.

"There was just one person that had everything to gain from Benazir's assassination and that was Asif Ali Zardari", Musharraf said, adding that it was his analysis of the case.

The video was released nearly a fortnight after an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan had declared former military ruler Pervez Musharraf a fugitive in ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination.

Turning down his request to think about his allegation against their father "with an open mind", Aseefa Bhutoo Zardar and Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari also called Musharraf a coward for fleeing the court proceedings in the Benazir murder case.

Musharraf alleged that Asif Zardari had murdered Benazir at the hands of Baitullah Mehsud. "Who had deployed Rehman Malik on Benazir Bhutto's protocol on what expertise and experience?" he asked. "Musharraf and his lapdog cronies in the establishment and the army are responsible for BBs murder", Aseefa tweeted. In any murder, it should be noted who benefits and who loses. The video came days after he was accused of being involved in the murder.

Musharraf, who is also facing treason case for suspending the constitution in November 2007, charged that "great relationship" between Zardari and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai could have used to influence Mehsud to kill Benazir Bhutto. "I lost a lot from Benazir's assassination while Zardari benefitted", he said.

"It's suspicious that Shahenshah was killed under unusual circumstances soon after Benazir's assassination", said Musharraf, adding that only one person is capable of all this - Zardari. In 2008, Zardari was acquitted of the charges of ordering the murder. The information minister said Musharraf is making these allegations as he could see the noose getting tightened around him. The former president questioned why testimonies of the eyewitnesses like Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Naheed Khan and Safdar Abbasi were not recorded before the court.

Ending his message, Musharraf said he hopes that all of Benazir's children are listening with an open mind and understand his logic. "Zardari for the first time pronounced me as murderer that is beyond my patience", he said, and added said that the whole nation is bewildered by the judgment of ATC where two fine police officers have been sent to jail with 17-year imprisonment sentence while the real culprits have been freed. "I say he should be brought to book for Benazir and Murtaza's murders", he said.

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