Who Killed Benazir
I just read UN investigation report on Benazir’s assassination. I searched on where in the report the word “India” comes. There are a couple of areas of “India” in the entire report, the first to set up the platform of the report and the other is to describe Benazir Bhutto’s actions.
Statement 1 : Page 47
Section : A. Threats and Possible Culpabilities regarding the Assassination
“The conditions in Pakistan that resulted in threats to Ms Bhutto must be understood againt the backdrop of Pakistan’s recent history. Under the military dictatorship of General Zia ul Haq from 1977 to 1988, a once secular military was aligned with political Islam, and jihad was used as a tool to recruit and support insurgents fighting against the Soviet-backed government in Afghanistan. The Pakistani military organized and supported the Taliban to take control of Afghanistan in 1996. Similar tactics were used in Kashmir against India after 1989. These policies resulted in active linkages between elements of the military and the Establishment with radical Islamists, at the expense of national secular forces, and the entrenchment of religious extremist and other militant groups in the tribal areas and Punjab. Ms Bhutto’s return from exile in 2007 occurred against this backdrop. Therefore, a discussion of the threats to Ms Bhutto and of the forces that felt threatened by her potential return to power in Pakistan must include the following: Al-Qaida, Taliban and local jihadi groups and elements of the Establishment.”
It just stopped short of saying that elements within Pakistan Establishments are linked to terrorism. To an educated reader, this is obviously understandable. But the next section puts it more explicitly –
“207. The jihadi organizations are Sunni groups based largely in Punjab. Members of these groups aided the Taliban effort in Afghanistan at the behest of the ISI and later cultivated ties with Al-Qaida and Pakistani Taliban groups. The Pakistani military and ISI also used and supported some of these groups in the Kashmir insurgency after 1989. The bulk of the anti-Indian activity was and still remains the work of groups such as Lashkar e Taiba, which has close ties with the ISI. A common characteristic of these jihadi groups was their adherence to the Deobandi Sunni sect of Islam, their strong anti-Shia bias, and their use by the Pakistani military and intelligence agencies in Afghanistan and Kashmir.”
The last one was on Benazir’s possible role in India-Pakistan reconciliation and her different stance on the issue of Kashmir.
“Some of the positions taken by Ms Bhutto that touched Establishment concerns included:
a. Her publicly stated position on the need to eliminate all remnants of the military-militant nexus. Her proposal was to eliminate the military and intelligence ties to the Taliban and jihadis, although many in those institutions still publicly regarded these groups as important foreign policy tools to advance national interests against India in the sub-region. In this vein, Ms Bhutto denounced the military’s various truces with Taliban militants in Swat and the tribal areas, arguing that they amounted to appeasement.”
It’s all what commonsense talk about and what Indian media had been reporting for last long. It’s another international stamp on what Indians claimed for long. In coming days we’ll see more of these reports coming in, to reconfirm the truth stated above.