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article imageBenazir Bhutto: Bin Laden's Son Killed Me

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 3, 2008 in Politics
According to her posthumous autobiography to be published soon, Benazir Bhutto claims the 16-year-old son of Osama bin Laden was the leader of one of four gangs of “designated assassins” sent to kill her.
The late Benazir Bhutto’s autobiography will be published posthumously soon and the excerpts of her book were released in the Times of London on Sunday.
In her book, Bhutto reveals that she was warned by both President Musharraf and a “friendly Muslim government” that Hamza bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden, was planning her murder. She predicted Hamza will send a gang of designated assassins to kill her.
In the autobiography she wrote the following:
I was told by both the Musharraf regime and the foreign Muslim government that four suicide bomber squads would attempt to kill me. These included, the reports said, the squads sent by the Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud; Hamza Bin Laden, a son of Osama Bin Laden; Red Mosque militants; and a Karachi-based militant group.
Despite these threat,s she arrived in Pakistan and gave this statement to her children to reassure them:
Do not worry. Nothing will happen to me. God will protect me…Remember, God gives life, and God takes life. I will be safe until my time is up.The intelligence reports had claimed last September that Hamza bin Laden was being groomed to be the future leader for Al-Qaeda. So, experts believe Bhutto’s autobiography bolsters that view. The report said Hamza has been waging jihad with his group in the tribal areas along the Afghan-Pakistan border.
Benazir also believed there were threats from within the Musharraf regime, which were providing moral support to those sent to assassinate her. She believed Musharraf and his regime had the names and numbers of people who were planning to kill her and also the name of others inside his regime who were providing all the support to kill her.
She pleaded to Musharraf to release those names or what actions his regime planned to protect her, but he didn’t respond. She wrote a final letter to him saying the following:
I told him that if I was assassinated by the militants it would be due to their sympathizers in his regime, whom I suspected wanted to eliminate me and remove the threat I posed to their grip on power.Some of these sympathizers were involved in the public hanging of Bhutto’s father.
Even though the Musharraf regime has pointed fingers at Mehsud and at Osama’s son, it still seems there is a source within his regime that might have helped in her assassination. She had plenty of enemies and it will be difficult to pinpoint just one responsible for her death.
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