‘Osama was supervising Bhutto’s assassination plot, reveals ISI intel’

Prime News, International (Islamabad), December 27:- Osama bin Laden was supervising the plot to assassinate two-time Prime Minister and PPP leader Benazir Bhutto and for this the former Al Qaeda chief had shifted to Afghanistan, according to intelligence gathered by Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence, a media report said on her 10th death anniversary on Wednesday.

According to a report in The News International, the explosives to execute the assassination were provided by the courier of Osama bin Laden.

This information was provided to the Interior Ministry in December 2007 by the Pakistan Army and the ISI in three reports as well as in letters obtained from the former Al Qaeda chief’s residence.

In the secret intelligence reports, the Interior Ministry was warned that bin Laden had issued orders to kill then-President Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan People’s Party’s former chairperson Benazir Bhutto and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman.

 According to the documents received by The News International correspondent, the most important letter by the ISI to the Ministry of Interior was written on December 19, 2007. The letter was directed to the Interior Ministry’s then-director coordination of the Crisis Management Cell Colonel Muhammad Imran Yaqub.

The letter, titled “President Musharraf, Benazir Bhutto and Fazlur Rehman’s murder plan”, read: “We have received this information that Osama bin Laden has issued the order to kill President Pervez Musharraf, Benazir Bhutto and Fazlur Rehman. He (Laden) has planned to send his courier, who is a national of Pakistan and a resident of Multan, named Musa Tariq, through Waziristan with explosives to be used in executing the murder plots.

“On coming Sunday — which is December 22 — this person will be in the area of Dera Ismail Khan,” it read.

The letter’s last three lines read: “Osama bin Laden is personally supervising this entire plan and for this reason, he has shifted to Afghanistan.”

The ISI requested the Interior Ministry to make urgent security arrangements. The copies of the letter were also dispatched to the Military Intelligence Directorate, General Staff Branch and General Headquarters, Rawalpindi. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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