Pakistan's Interior Minister to reveal Benazir Bhutto killers in book


Benazir Bhutto in Lahore, on November 12, 2007.


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KARACHI, Pakistan-- Pakistan's Interior Minister, Rehman Malik has reportedly said that he would reveal the names of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassins.

Malik, who already sports a reputation in Pakistan for being too outspoken, told a group of Pakistan People's Party members in Chitral, that he would make the information about Bhutto's death public on Dec. 27, the fifth anniversary of her killing, Asian News International reported.

Bhutto, who was the Pakistan People's Party chairman at the time, was killed in Rawalpindi's Liaqat Bagh in 2007. Baitullah Mehsud, the chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan was blamed for the assassination. She had returned to Pakistan after a decade in exile

However, soon after the media revealed Malik's remarks, he took to Twitter to clarify, stating that only some facts of Bhutto's case would be revealed along with his book.

According Rasul Baksh Rais, a political analyst based in Lahore, Malik's statements may have been a sales pitch for his new book, but that Malik probably is serious in his claims to reveal more details of Bhutto's murder.

“What is not clear is to what extent this information will be new and how much it will be a revelation," said Rais to the Independent.

While the Pakistani government has created a narrative that implies the attack was carried out by Islamic militants, Bhutto's supporters would prefer to believe that there was a sophisticated, officially sponsored conspiracy.

Many agree that the conspiracy theories surrounding Bhutto's death exist primarily to fill in the gaping holes of information. Two investigations, one by UN team and another by Scotland Yard, found huge lapses in security and concluded that Bhutto's death could have easily been avoided.

Earlier this year, the Pakistani government sought Interpol's help in bringing former president Pervez Musharaf to justice in connection with the assassination.