IN HIS FIRST ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW SINCE HER ASSASSINATION, PAKISTAN'S PRESIDENT PERVEZ MUSHARRAF SAYS BENAZIR BHUTTO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HER OWN DEATH -- "60 MINUTES" SUNDAY
He Also Says That a Gunshot Could be the Cause of Death
The assassination of his chief political rival was her own fault Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf tells Lara Logan in his first one-on-one interview since the death of Benazir Bhutto. The exclusive interview will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Jan. 6 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
In the interview that took place in Pakistan this morning (5), Musharraf tells Logan, "For standing up outside the car, I think it was she to blame alone. Nobody else. Responsibility is hers." Bhutto was killed in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi last week while standing up in a moving car with her head through the roof hatch.
A suicide bomber blew himself up near her car at the time of her death and the government of Pakistan initially said the concussion of the blast caused her to hit her head on the roof hatch. There was also a gunman present, but it's not known whether his shots hit Bhutto. Asked by Logan if he believes a gunshot could be the cause of Bhutto's head injury, he replies, "Yes, yes." "So she may have been shot?" asks Logan. "Yes, absolutely, yes. Possibility," says Musharraf.
Some also speculate that Bhutto, who was campaigning for prime minister in Musharraf's government, had inadequate security. "Even with the benefit of hindsight, you feel that you and your government did everything possible to give Benazir Bhutto the security she needed?" asks Logan. Musharraf insists he did. "Yes, yes absolutely. And you have to...remember...she had the threat. So she was given more security than any other person."