Nawabshah, Dec 20: Former premier Benazir Bhutto has said that General Zia-ul-Haq created mujahideens and received money from the USA to fight against Russia. The same mujahideens were later converted into al Qaeda, and Taliban, and now they were asking for money to kill them, she further said. People like Nek Mohammad and Rashid Ghazi were brought up and nurtured and then used to terrify people and then got killed, Bhutto added.
Quoting Transparency International reports on corruption, she said that no civilian government was as corrupt as military governments of Pakistan. Addressing a public meeting at Nawabshah Stadium, Bhutto asked the officials of military, intelligence agencies and police not to get involved in rigging elections because no political orphan would be able to save them this time.
She said that the political orphans kept asking Musharraf not to doff uniform and extend the tenure of assemblies, but Musharraf kept his word given to the PPP by shedding uniform and lifting emergency.
Bhutto said that the PPP had never deposed any Chief Justice, but General Zia and Musharraf did.
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Mir Murtaza were martyred, Asif Zardari was jailed under fake cases and she was defamed through a smear campaign to break up the party, Bhutto said.
She said that it was the people power, which forced Musharraf to let her return. The rulers got so afraid of PPP"s popularity that they planned to do away with its entire leadership through bomb blast, the Dawn quoted Bhutto, as saying.