Musharraf, not PPP, hiding from courts: Sherry Rehman | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) vice president Sherry Rehman Thursday appealed for swift justice for former prime minister and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto, according to a press statement issued by the party.

Speaking to the media outside Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench, Rehman told newsmen that today was the first hearing on the pleas submitted by former president Asif Ali Zardari in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.

“It has been 10 years since Benazir Bhutto’s assassination and we are still fighting for justice. We were not allowed to become party to the case this whole decade,” she said.

“Now in appeal against the verdict that allows the perpetrators and planners to go free the PPP will go on every forum to appeal and fight for justice. We will knock every door if that’s what it takes.”

Former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, in a video message on Thursday, blamed PPP co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari for the murder of his wife and former premier Benazir Bhutto.

In his “reply” to Zardari for naming him in the high-profile murder, Musharraf said he was especially addressing [Benazir and Zardari’s children] Bilawal, Aseefa and Bakhtawar, as well as the Bhutto family and all Sindhis and Pakistanis who have been following “this murderer of Benazir.”

“I believe that the reason for the Bhutto family’s demise and the responsible person for Benazir and Murtaza’s murder is Zardari. In any murder, it should be noted who benefits and who loses. I lost a lot from Benazir’s assassination while Zardari benefitted,” the ex-army chief and former president said.

Rehman said the whole nation anxiously waited for this verdict with them, regardless of their political affiliation.

Responding to the allegations leveled by Pervez Musharraf against Asif Ali Zardari, the PPP senator said: “If Musharraf knew about Benazir Bhutto’s and Murtaza Bhutto’s murderers then why was he quiet until now? Why didn’t Musharraf speak up earlier when the UN Commission came? Musharraf was in power for 10 years in Pakistan so why did he not do anything for Murtaza Bhutto’s case?”

“He [Musharraf] is worried now that questions will be asked about his role in her murder. This is a classic case of those guilty making more noise. We all know that Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto specifically took Musharraf’s name in her e-mail to Mark Seigel.”

She went on to say that it had been 10 years since Benazir Bhutto died and somehow he [Musharraf] just woke up about her murderers.

“If Zardari wanted to run from the Benazir Bhutto’s cases then he would never have filed three appeals,” Rehman noted, adding that whatever Musharraf has to say, he should say that in Pakistan.

“Why did Musharraf’s own people try to wash away evidence and cover up the crime? Who was involved in this conspiracy? These questions are very serious and should not be forgotten because we will always keep appealing until we achieve justice,” the PPP senator concluded.

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