Rao Anwar, a former high-profile however infamous police officer in Karachi, has claimed in a uncommon interview, that he didn’t signal the report of the Joint Investigation Crew (JIT) constituted to probe the homicide of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on objective.
Anwar mentioned he didn’t ink the doc as a result of he was being pressured to implicate former president and retired normal Pervez Musharraf, by the then-interior minister Rehman Malik. The minister, provides the ex-cop, needed Musharraf named with out recording the previous president’s assertion or interrogating him.
“I didn’t signal [the JIT report] as Malik pressured me to accuse Musharraf,” Anwar informed Geo.television, over the telephone, “I requested for proof and he didn’t have any.”
The ex-cop mentioned he’s additionally prepared to present the assertion beneath oath.
Nowadays, Anwar is out on bail in circumstances the place he’s accused of being concerned within the homicide of 400 individuals in pretend police encounters, together with Naqeeb Mehsud, a younger and aspiring mannequin.
Bhutto was murdered on December 27, 2007 in a suicide bombing in Rawalpindi. The principle suspect within the case was Ikram Mehsud, who was mentioned to be in-charge of the operation, and had been named within the court docket as a second suicide bomber. Whereas Baitullah Mehsud was named because the mastermind of the assault.
Anwar informed Geo.television that one other terrorist group, led by Tayyub Mehsud, was concerned within the October 18, 2007, assault on Bhutto’s motorcade in Karachi, which left 180 individuals lifeless.
“They [Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party] may have arrested each Ikram and Tayyub and solved each circumstances,” Anwar mentioned. However the PPP authorities of 2008 didn’t present a lot seriousness within the circumstances, he provides. “It [the cases] have been politicised greater than handled on benefit.”
The previous cop additionally raised doubts about Malik’s function and believed that the previous inside minister ought to have been probed within the case as the top of Benazir Bhutto’s safety. But, he by no means was.
Rao Anwar is taken into account an in depth confidant of former president Asif Ali Zardari.
The cop additionally questioned why the previous inside minister stored the 2 BlackBerry telephones of the previous prime minister with him for practically two years.
Malik died just lately after being contaminated with COVID-19, and didn’t file his assertion both with the Federal Investigation Company or the Joint Investigation Crew.
“As soon as, I went to fulfill Zardari and requested him in regards to the BlackBerry telephones, he informed me to go and requested Malik,” Anwar claims, “So then I went to Malik. First, the minister denied he had the telephones after which acquired indignant about why I went to Zardari.”
These telephones, he provides, may have helped the investigation into Bhutto’s loss of life.
When requested why Bhutto wrote in a letter to the police that Musharraf, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi and Brig Ejaz Shah can be accountable if something occurred to her, Anwar mentioned that there was no proof to substantiate the declare.
He requested why these named by Bhutto have been by no means interrogated throughout PPP’s authorities? Or why the homicide of a key witness, Shahenshah Hussain, was declared a “blind case” and by no means pursued?
“You possibly can’t merely implicate somebody with out questioning them or interrogating them,” he mentioned, including that the probe ought to have began from Rehman Malik as he was the top of safety.
Rao Anwar, who at the moment was posted at Gadap Metropolis Police Station was inducted within the Joint Investigation Crew fashioned to research Bhutto’s homicide. The JIT additionally comprised senior intelligence officers.
When Geo.television requested him why he was bringing these revelations to mild now, the ex-cop mentioned that he needed to carry some “info on file” after listening to in regards to the deteriorating well being of Musharraf.
PPP chief Farhatullah Babar, in the meantime, informed this creator that there have been some authorized points and subsequently he would remark [on Anwar claims] after talking to Latif Khosa — PPP’s authorized wizard.
Babar additionally requested how Anwar’s assertion could possibly be believed, saying this could possibly be linked to stories of bringing Musharraf again to Pakistan as efforts are being made to acquit the retired normal from the circumstances he’s dealing with.