Benazir murder probe: No clue about cell phones used by cop on December 27, 2007

January 21st, 2011 - 6:15 pm ICT by ANI  

Benazir Bhutto Islamabad, Jan 21(ANI): Saud Aziz, the then Rawalpindi police chief when former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007, has refused to hand over his mobile phone used that day to the Federal Investigation Agency’s Joint Investigation Team.

“I used two to three mobile phone sets since 2007. I don’t know where is the mobile phone that I used on Dec 27,” the Dawn quoted Saud, as saying while giving his latest statement to the JIT probing the Benazir murder case.

Sources claim that it was the fifth time that the former Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) was grilled in FIA custody.

Earlier, FIA prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar had acquired an eight-day physical remand of Saud and Khurram Shahzad, a former Superintendent of Police (SP) at Rawal Town, for the recovery of the mobile phone sets the two officers used on the day of Benazir’s murder.

Sources privy to the developments claimed that during the grilling session, Saud Aziz initially contested that he had provided proper security to Benazir by deploying 1,280 policemen at Liaqat Bagh in Rawalpindi.

However, when the interrogator pointed out certain security lapses in the former premier’s security, Saud accepted his negligence, but in the same breath said: “I was not involved in any conspiracy against Benazir Bhutto,”

The sources claimed that during the interrogation, Saud also pointed out that according to his information, Benazir had received the last phone call from her husband and now Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, therefore he should also be investigated. He also claimed that Benazir’s Blackberry phone was still with Zardari.

Saud also recalled that at the time of the attack on Benazir, he was having tea with the then District Coordination Officer. He demanded that all the people, who were aboard the vehicle of Benazir Bhutto, should also be investigated.

The FIA will produce Saud and Shahzad before the Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) on Saturday after the completion of their physical remand. (ANI)

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