Former Interior Minister and PPP Senior Leader, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik has taken a serious notice of the recent release of five terrorists of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) who were declared guilty of murdering Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, by Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) said we, the PPP family feel that justice has not been provided in this matter.
In his letter, Senator A. Rehman Malik has demanded the Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal to immediacy place the names of Abdul Rashid, Aitzaz Shah, Rafaqat Hussain, Husnain Gul and Sher Zaman on Exit Control List (ECL) to avoid their flee from the country.
In his letter Senator A. Rehman Malik reiterated his demanded from the Interior Minister to make a request to President of Afghanistan Mr. Ashraf Ghani to deport Ikramullah the surviving suicide bomber and the writer of the book “Inqilab Mahsood- South Waziristan” Abu Mansoor Asim Mufti Noor Wali who are sheltering in Afghanistan adding that their interrogation will further expose the facts of the conspiracy behind assassination of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.
Addressing the press conference today on Tuesday May 17th, 2018, outside Parliament House Islamabad where he made the letter public said that earlier on January 30th of this year he had written a letter to Minister of Interior demanding him to take up the matter of deportation of Ikramullah and Abu Mansoor with Afghanistan government but sadly no action so far has been taken in this regard by the Government of Pakistan therefore today he sent him a reminder of the previous letter also.
Senator A. Rehman Malik demanded that the names of Aitezaz Shah, Sher Zaman, Hasnain Gul, Muhammad Rafaqat and Rasheed Ahmed Turabi may kindly be placed on ECL immediately. He expressed grave concerns over their release and condemned it strongly.
In his letter to the Interior Minister Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Senator A. Rehman Malik has written that the confessions of these recently released accused persons were substantiated with independent forensic evidence to prove their criminal act in the court of law including the DNA of the joggers used by the terrorist/ suicide bomber, recovered from the house of one of the accused persons. Their roles based on their confessional statements and collaborated evidences are summarized as Aitezaz Shah had knowledge of conspiracy besides having identified the voice of Baitullah Mehsud, Sher Zaman was part of operation, Hasnain Gul was in contact with conspirators in Madrassa Haqqania i.e. Qari Ismail, Ibad-ur-Rehman and Nasrullah. He received the handler, Nasrullah, and the suicide bomber at Pir Wadahi Bus Stand and lodged them at the house of Rafaqat Hussain (brother in law), co-accused. He also conducted recce in November 2007 and kept suicide jacket at his home”. He writes that “Muhammad Rafaqat along with Hasnain Gul picked the suicide bomber and his handler from the Bus Stand and kept them at his house overnight. He also took Nasrullah to Liaqat Bagh for recce. Rashid Ahmed Turabi – Knowledge of the conspiracy. He also identified Abdullah @ Saddam, Qari Ismail, Nasrullah and Suicide bomber Bilal. He is well versed of the conspiracy against Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto”.
Senator A. Rehman Malik writes that the recently published book “INQILAB MEHSUD SOUTH WAZIRISTAN: FROM BRITISH RAJ TO AMERICAN IMPERIALISM” authored by Abu Mansoor Asim Mufti Noor Wali, who is a senior leader in the TTP group based in Afghanistan, has also corroborated and confirmed the facts of the investigation carried out by the JIT of FIA. He said that the said book is a self-confession at the highest level involvement of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s assassination adding that the above five accused are regular members of the TTP, which is evident from the fact that during the peace dialogues between Pakistan Government and Taliban in Murree, they were named in the list provided by TTP to be released and handed over to them. “The TTP would have never demanded their release if they were not TTP’s important members”, maintained Senator A. Rehman Malik.
In his letter, the relevant portion of the said book “Inqilab Mehsud South Waziristan: From British Raj To American Imperialism” in which author has confessed the involvement of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is reproduced and summarized as under:-
CLAIMS MADE ABOUT FIRST ATTEMPT ON SHAHEED MOHTARMA BENAZIR BHUTTO AT KARACHI (KARSAZ INCIDENT) (FIRST ATTACK):
Prior to return of Banazir Bhutto for elections of 2008, Baitullah Mehsud had already planned action against her as she was coming back to carry out plans against “Mujahideen-e-Islam” as per desire of America.
In order to frustrate the American plan, two suicide bombers namely Mohsin Mehsud and Rehmatullah Mehsud carried out suicide attacks on Benazir Bhutto at Karsaz, Karachi, in October 2007, which resulted in killing of approximately 200 people but Benazir Bhutto escaped the attack.
The reason for the unsuccessful attack was the deviation of the instructions by the suicide bombers. The suicide bombers abandoned their place of position, which was near the stage, and carried out their attacks in hurry.
Both the suicide bombers were associated with the training camp of Maulvi Azmatullah.
Planned attack on Benazir Bhutto at Larkana could not be carried out due to a tip off to police by a so-called Taliban mujahid, Mehraj Kaikhel.
The claims about Liaqatbagh Rawalpindi attack in which Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was assassinated is summarized and reproduced as following:
CLAIMS MADE ABOUT ASSASSINATION ATTACK ON SHAHEED MOHTARMA BENAZIR BHUTTO AT RAWALPINDI (LIAQAT BAGH INCIDENT- SECOND ATTACK):
Benazir Bhutto was killed in a suicide attack in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007, carried out by TTP.
Two suicide bombers Bilal a/k/a Saeed and Ikramullah were tasked to carry out the attack on Benazir Bhutto on December 27, 2007.
The first suicide bomber Bilal a/k/a Saeed, hailing from Badar, first fired at Benazir Bhutto from his pistol and the bullet hit her neck. Then he detonated his explosive jacket and blew himself up in the middle of the participants of the procession.
The second suicide bomber Ikramullah, a resident of Makeen town in South Waziristan, escaped from the blast site and is still alive.
According to Maulvi Imran, who was interviewed by the author of the book, he [Maulvi Imran] was assisted by Ahmed, Qari Ismail and Mullah Ehsan in the assassination attempt on Benazir Bhutto.
Since Commander Nasrullah a/k/a Ahmed, resident of Said Ghai Barmal Rabot, had come under the spotlight of the secret agencies after his participation in the assassination attack on Benazir Bhutto as such he shifted to Mohmand Agency from Peshawar. In 2008, when he, along with one of associates Ismail [Qari Ismail] and a teenage suicide bomber Naqeebullah Mehsud was on his mission of suicide attack in Mohmand Agency, they were checked by the army at Nakai check post at Mohmand resulting a fight took place between them and the army consequent to which all the three suicide bombers were killed.
Although Benazir Bhutto had escaped assassination attempt at Karachi yet the government did not provide her adequate security due to which the suicide bombers ‘Fadayeen’ managed to reach to her close proximity. After blast at Rawalpindi, the whole evidence was destroyed to frustrate the investigation.
Senator A. Rehman Malik writes “The FIA investigation had earlier identified Ikramullah as second suicide bomber who had fled from the scene after the attack by Bilal a/k/a Saeed. In the investigation, he was declared proclaimed offender by the trial court. He maintained that it may be mentioned here that one of the arrested accused persons namely Rashid Turabi in his confessional statement had stated that his former class fellow from Madrassa Haqqania, Qari Ismail a/k/a Nadir Khan, along with Nasrullah a/k/a Ahmed and Abdullah @ Saddam had stayed ovenight at his hostel room at Madrassa Munbah-ul-Aloom, Miran Shah, on his way to Baitullah Mehsud. After two days all of them came back to his hostel room along with one young boy, who was introduced as Saeed @ Bilal by Abdullah @ Saddam, who was tasked to carry out suicide attack on Benazir Bhutto. Qari Ismail a/k/a Nadir Khan was, consequently, declared Proclaimed Offender by the trial court. After 15 days, he (accused Rashid Turabi) met Nadir Khan @ Qari Ismail, Nasrullah @ Ahmed and Abdullah @ Saddam at Madrassa Haqqania where Abdullah @ Saddam had confirmed that Saeed @ Bilal had carried out suicide attack at Benazir Bhutto at Rawalpindi with the help of Ali Punjab a/k/a Hasnain Gul. According to the conclusion of the investigation of FIA, Nasrullah @ Ahmed was the handler of the suicide bombers who, along with the suicide bombers, had stayed overnight (intervening night of 26/27 December 2007) at the house of Rafaqat Hussain, another arrested accused. According to the geo-fencing and forensic evidence, he along with the suicide bombers was present at the Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi at the time and date of assassination attempt on Benazir Bhutto. Nasrullah was also declared Proclaimed Offender by the trial court. The investigation had further established that both accused Hasnain Gul @ Ali Punjabi and Rafaat Hussain had received Nasrullah and suicide bombers at the instruction of their active accomplice namely Ibad-ur-Rehman. Ibad-ur-Rehman was also declared Proclaimed Offender by the trial court. He was reportedly killed by a solo drown attack in Khyber Agency, when FIA launched hunting exercise”.
He writes that the trial court took nine years eight months and three days and despite irrefutable evidence, it released the five main accused and hardcore terrorists of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) of namely Hasnain Gul, Rafaqat Hussain, Abdul Rashid Turabi, Sher Zaman and Aitzaz Shah. While the Taliban leadership has owned the responsibility of murdering Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in the recently published book “Inqilab Mehsud South Waziristan: From British Raj To American Imperialism”. The second suicide bomber Ikramullah is still alive and residing in the Paktia province of Afghanistan, he said.
At the end of his letter Senator A. Rehman Malik has requested that the names of Abdul Rashid, Aitzaz Shah, Rafaqat Hussain, Husnain Gul and Sher Zaman may kindly be placed on Exit Control List (ECL) to avoid their flee from the country.