Musharraf aide calls UN’s Bhutto report ‘lies’

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The three-member UN panel said her death could have been avoided if Musharraf’s government and various security agencies had taken adequate measures. It also found that the probe into her death was deliberately hampered by intelligence agencies and other officials.

But Rashid Qureshi, a Musharraf aide, insisted that the UN report was based on rumors and that Musharraf was in no way responsible.

”This chief UN investigator was not the relative of Sherlock Homes,” Qureshi said, noting that Musharraf himself had been the target of suicide attackers.

The head of the country’s most powerful spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, warned Bhutto not to attend the rally because of looming threats of an attack, Qureshi said.

”But Benazir Bhutto and her chief security officer Rehman Malik decided to go ahead with their planned election rally,” Qureshi said. ”It was Benazir Bhutto who exposed herself to the attacker.”

Friday, 16 Apr, 2010

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