— President Pervez Musharraf
on Thursday rejected any suggestion that he or any members of the Pakistani military or intelligence agencies played a role in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
, and said it was probably carried out by the same extremists responsible for a number of suicide bombings in recent months.
A cameraman captures images of a recorded speech by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf broadcast on government-run Pakistan Television (PTV) in Islamabad. Musharraf is under fire over the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and has he did not believe intelligence agencies had ordered any cover-up in the probe of her death.(AFP/Saeed Khan)
Taking questions from foreign journalists at the Presidential House here, Mr. Musharraf defended his police force and investigators, saying that Ms. Bhutto had defied the government’s warnings when she decided to go ahead with the rally in Rawalpindi, where she was killed a week ago. He added that she had broken standard security rules by standing in the open top of her vehicle as the crowd swarmed around her and by not leaving the rally quickly.
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