Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that he would reveal the names of the murderers of Benazir Bhutto and other little-known details of her assassination in his upcoming book.
Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chairperson and former two-time premier Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun and bomb attack outside Rawalpindi’s Liaqat Bagh in 2007. The then government blamed chief of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Baitullah Mehsud for the assassination.
Addressing a gathering of Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) workers in Chitral, the minister said that several development projects for the district, including establishment of a passport office and a university to be named after Benazir. He added that the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) will launch its mobile services in the district.
About the volatile security situation along the porous Pak-Afghan border, the minister said Kabul would be held responsible for cross-border attacks by Taliban militants led by Mullah Fazlullah on Pakistani villages and security posts.
He warned of a secret operation in Afghanistan against Mullah Fazlullah and Molvi Faqir if they do not halt their terrorist activities in Pakistan. If any Pakistani was killed in future an operation would be conducted against the terrorists hiding in Afghanistan, he added.
Mullah Fazlullah and his fighters have taken shelter in northeastern Afghanistan after they were routed in a massive military operation in Swat district in 2009. Since then, they have attacked several times on Pakistani security forces and civilians in Malakand, Chitral and Bajaur and Mohmand agencies.
Malik said that Pakistan would respond accordingly to any aggression in the future. “I will fight militants till my last breath,” he added.
He also announced a slew of measures to strengthen security in Chital, which included increasing the number of border guards from 400 to 1,500 and the number of Chitral Scouts platoons to 20 from the current seven.
The interior minister has been in the limelight for quite some time now; mainly for his decisions to ban mobile phone services on occasions in order to prevent terror attacks.