The son of slain Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto said that ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf “murdered my mother,” as he vowed to play a bigger political role in his homeland “in any way I can.” Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of President Asif Ali Zardari, said Musharaff sabotaged his mother’s security when she returned to her homeland in 2007, and said he is confident of his own security in Pakistan. “I’m confident that the Pakistani government will provide me with the adequate security, unlike the government at the time that sabotaged my mother’s security in Pakistan,” he told CNN.
The 23-year-old, who returned to Pakistan last year after studying at Oxford, said her assassination was due to a combination of extremists, and Musharraf’s regime. “He murdered my mother. I hold him responsible for the murder of my mother,” he added. “He’d threatened her himself in the past. He said: ‘Your security is directly linked to our relationship and our cooperation.’ When he imposed emergency, and it was clear that he was pulling the wool over our eyes. He was not interested in returning democracy to Pakistan. And my mother started to speak out more against him, the security decreased.”