Rao Anwar, a former senior police officer of Sindh Police, has made an important revelation regarding the Benazir Bhutto assassination case.
Senior journalist Mazhar Abbas says that Rao Anwar revealed in an interview that he had signed the JIT report on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto because he was under pressure from then-Interior Minister Rehman Malik to assassinate him. General Musharraf should be involved.
Rao Anwar said that once he went to meet former president Asif Ali Zardari and asked him about Blackberry phones, he sent me to Rehman Malik, when I asked Rehman Malik about the phones. He categorically denied that he had any phones, then he got angry and asked why he went to Zardari in the end.
It may be recalled that Benazir Bhutto was martyred on December 27, 2007 in Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi as a result of a suicide attack on her way out after an election rally while a case of this tragedy was registered in the City Police Station.
The main accused in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case was Ikram Mehsud who is said to be in charge of the operation while Baitullah Mehsud was declared the mastermind of the attack.
Rao Anwar has now revealed that another terrorist group led by Tayyab Mehsud was involved in a suicide attack on Benazir Bhutto’s hometown in Karachi on October 18, 2007, in which 180 people were martyred.
The former police official had also expressed doubts about the role of Rehman Malik. Rao Anwar believed that the former Home Minister should have investigated the case as the head of Benazir Bhutto’s security, but he did not. What
Rao Anwar is considered a close associate of former President Asif Ali Zardari.
The former top police official had also raised the question as to why the former Home Minister kept the two BlackBerry phones of the former Prime Minister with him for almost two years.
Rehman Malik, who recently died after contracting the corona virus, never recorded his statement to the Federal Investigation Agency or the Joint Investigation Team.
The then President Pervez Musharraf is also accused of not providing full security to Benazir Bhutto while the court has declared her a fugitive in the case.
The PPP came to power after the 2008 elections, but even then there was no encouraging progress in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.