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Kawish, 28 December, p 6

Pakistan: Article Asks Govt to Arrest Musharraf to Reach BB's Killers

Article by Nusrat Khawaja: "Condoleezza Rice's Book And Mystery Of Benazir Bhutto's
Assassination" -- All Words Within Double Quotation Marks, As Published.

Yesterday was Benazir Bhutto's fourth martyrdom anniversary, and Benazir Bhutto's party would
complete its four years in the power after a few days. However, the mystery regarding Benazir
Bhutto's assassination has not been resolved as yet. Every year, it is expected that the culprits
involved in conspiracy would be disclosed at her anniversary, but it does not happen. It was also
expected this year, but President Asif Ali Zardari threw the ball in the Chief Justice's court to
find out the assassins. However, he also mentioned Condoleezza Rice, who has given details in
her book about return of Benazir and the situation emerged after that. Let us resolve the mystery
of Benazir Bhutto's assassination through the books authored by Condoleezza Rice and other

In her new book "No Higher Honor", Condoleezza Rice, former US Foreign Secretary of State,
has thrown light on international situation prevalent in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, has criticized and
disagreed with significant leaders of her own country, and has also written a lot about Pakistan.
Especially about Benazir Bhutto and Pervez Musharraf, she writes that Pervez Musharraf had
then verbally requested us to help resolve disputes with Benazir Bhutto, and after that I tried to
make them sit on the table.

Richard Boucher played an important role in this development. He met with both and set a
meeting in Abu Dhabi. Condoleezza Rice writes that Benazir Bhutto and Pervez Musharraf
never trusted each other. She wanted to have an "understanding", according which Benazir
Bhutto would have become the prime minister and Musharraf would have stayed as the
president, because they would have strengthened the moderate forces. However, blast took place
on 18 October and emergency was imposed on 3 November which compelled Benazir Bhutto not
to continue talks with Pervez Musharraf, for in her opinion, Pervez Musharraf was a liar and an
untrustworthy fellow, who could go to any extent to save his government.

Apart from Condoleezza Rice, two other intellectuals Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft,
who were national security advisers with [former] Presidents Jimmy Carter, George Bush senior
and Ruther Ford respectively, jointly authored a book in 2008 entitled "America and the World".
Page 105 to 112 comprises a lot of significant information about Pakistan. They write that
ostensibly, Mian Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto were together, but ideologically they were
poles apart. They are "hostile" to each other, it says. According to Brzezinski, "I did not agree
with the United States to let Benazir to visit Pakistan".

Brzezinski writes, referring to a meeting with Benazir Bhutto, that "We were trying to mix water
with oil, and the outcome was obvious that either Musharraf or Benazir would have to die. The
reason is that their ideologies were very different."

If we further explain Condoleezza Rice, Brzezinski, and Scowcroft's point of views and have an
understanding of Pervez Musharraf's "psyche", we must read noted US journalist Ron Suskind's
book "The Way of The World". It would make clear how Musharraf viewed Benazir Bhutto?

After reading this book, we would come know that on the one side, international intelligence
agencies record conversation of their leaders and that of the other countries for their own
interests and on the other side, the dictators of those countries prolong their regimes with
defiance with US patronage. The most of the portion of book is about the politics of Benazir
Bhutto and dictatorial attitude of Pervez Musharraf. There is also a reference about recorded
conversation held between Musharraf and Benazir.

This is also written in the book that Benazir brokered a deal with Pervez Musharraf for the
restoration of democracy and end of dictatorship in the country. As a result, mainstream political
parties took part in elections and launched campaigns, but soon afterward Pervez Musharraf
backed out of the deal. He asked Benazir to return Pakistan after the elections. However, when
Benazir returned Pakistan, the Karsaz blast took place, and many party workers embraced

The author is of the view that Musharraf asked Benazir to return after the elections, for he
wanted his "King's Party" to win. Next day, Pervez Musharraf called Benazir Bhutto in Karachi
and expressed his sympathies. He said, "Bibi! I am not your enemy" [Page 282]. However, the
enemies have now been exposed. Benazir had also been exposing them in her rallies.

Before her return to the country, when Benazir was in the United States, one of her associates
met her there and told that Pervez Musharraf wanted to talk to her. It was also conveyed that
Pervez Musharraf would not accept third tenure for the slot of the prime minister. The author
says that when Benazir spoke with Pervez Musharraf on the phone, his tone was threatening and
when on one occasion Benazir asked Musharraf about her security, he replied, "Your security is
based on the status of our relationship". Along with it, the UN commission report on Benazir
Bhutto's assassination should not be overlooked. It has several evidences to reach the assassins.

From the hints and writings of the above mentioned "intellectual minds" we know that on the one
hand, if there were "local" conspiracies, on other hand, the international conspiracies cannot be
overlooked too, and if we could understand the "sign language" of these intellectual minds, it is
not that much difficult to bring the "real assassins" to book. This is now up to the government
how it solves the "mystery" written with Benazir's blood in "Liaqat Bagh" [Rawalpindi] and
reach the assassins. The reason is that "time" is slipping out of hands very fast, and if the time is
passed, there would be nothing to do except patience.