The forgotten hero who drove bleeding Bhutto to hospital

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Islamabad, Apr.25 (ANI): The UN enquiry commission's report over former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination strangely has no mention of former Information and Broadcasting Minister Sherry Rehman's driver, Zahid Rehman, who unlike people like Rehman Malik and Farhatullah Babar showed immense presence of mind after Bhutto was attacked.

While Malik and Babar along with other high profile personalities present during the election rally at Rawalpindi's Liaquat Bagh following which Bhutto was attacked, ran away from the scene in the back up vehicle, 'brave' Zahid took all pains to take bleeding Bhutto to hospital in Sherry's car.

Recalling the tragic incident of December 27, 2007, Zahid said he was driving a Prado jeep behind Benazir's convoy, when she came under attack.

Zahid said his spontaneous reaction was to take Benazir, who was bleeding profusely, to hospital by making his way out of the crowd, but had no idea whether she was alive or not.

As Bhutto's own SUV was badly damaged in the bomb blast, which followed the three gunshots fired at the former Prime Minister, Zahid decided to shift her into his car.

" The tyres of the bulletproof car had already burst but the car kept on moving on its rims. I along with one of the security guards decided to follow Benazir's damaged car, and as soon as it was out of the crowd we shifted her onto Sherry Rehman's car," The News quoted Zahid, as saying.

" As Bhutto's car came out of the crowd, I immediately stopped my car and opened the doors of her car. I saw a lifeless body of Benazir lying there. The blood was coming out from the right side of Benazir's skull. I tried to hear if she was groaning or saying something, but there were no movement," he added.

The Pakistan government may have forgotten Zahid, but Sherry has all praise for his trusted driver for his sense of duty and bravery. (ANI)

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