He was quoted as he gave the message which was reported and aired on the Sunday night show on CBS called “60 Minutes.” President Musharraf explained that the government did all it could to provide security for Benazir Bhutto, who was killed in the previous week by a gun and suicide-bomb attack after a political rally.
“For standing up outside the car, I think it was she to blame alone. Nobody else. Responsibility is here,” he said in the interview which was taped on Saturday.
The government had said that Bhutto died when she struck her head on the sunroof trying to take cover. But many people suspect Musharraf’s government of providing inadequate protection. Musharraf’s government has also blamed Al-Qaeda for the attack as well.
Bhutto’s husband and widower as called on the United Nations on Saturday for their own inquiry.
According to an opinion article in the Washington Post, Asif Ali Zadari urged that a caretaker government be named to look over the national elections that were postponed until next month.
“Democracy in Pakistan can be saved, and extremism and fanaticism contained, only if the elections, when they are held, are free, fair and credible,” Zadari wrote.
Zadari has also called for the creation of an independent election commission comprising of international observers with access polling stations along with the ability to conduct exit polls with press freedom and an independent judiciary. He called for that along with a neutral caretaker government free from Musharraf’s influence.
Also, he urged for both the United States and Britain to join to push for an investigation by the UN. So far, a team from Britain’s Scotland Yard has been sent to Pakistan to help investigate Bhutto’s death.
While CBS asked Musharraf if he believed the government did everything to provide security, Musharraf answered: “She was given more security than any other person.”