ISLAMABAD: The government said Saturday that it was ready to exhume the body of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto for inquiry, if required by the Pakistan Peoples party (PPP). The Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier Javed Cheema said that the government had told the truth about the tragic incident, which has been rejected by Bhutto’s aides and supporters.
He also ruled out international help in probing Benazir Bhutto’s death as saying that the international community “does not understand the environment in the country”. He said that the government would let the Ms Bhutto’s body be exhumed for inquiry if her party asked. Commenting on a statement attributed to Baitullah Mehsud that his terror group was not involved in the incident, the spokesman said the criminal would never accept the responsibility. The government, he said, has evidence of his involvement in the incident. All possible evidence has already been preserved and investigations are carried out on that basis, he added.
He said that it was not very important what caused the death of Benazir Bhutto as the fact remains that she has been murdered. He insisted that statement given by him the other day about the cause of the death was based on facts.Cheema said that a number of leaders including Mian Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry Pervez Ilahi, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad and Amir Muqam are on the hit list of terrorists and added that government would provide them necessary security within the resources. He said apart from two suicide attacks on the President Musharraf, the agencies foiled seven other planned attempts on his life.
The spokesman further said that 38 innocent persons were killed and 53 received injuries in violence by the criminals and anti-social elements who also indulged in looting and damage to property. He said that strict action would be taken against them by registering FIR and awarding punishment and added that dozens of all people have already been arrested. He said the country suffered losses of billions of rupees during the last two days, when the nation was observing mourning of Motharma Benazir Bhutto and the criminal elements especially in Sindh looted banks and burnt private and public property.
He said that about 100 criminals escaped from judicial lock ups in Sindh who were involved in these anti-social activities. Giving details of the losses during the last two days due to violent incidents, he said 174 bank branches were set ablaze, 25 branches damaged, 158 offices burnt and 23 damaged, 34 petrol pumps set on fire and 2 damaged, 370 vehicles were completely burnt and 61 damaged.
The spokesman said that 72 train coaches and 18 railway stations were set ablaze and four railways stations damaged. Also, 765 shops and smalls offices were burnt, he added. Cheema said that the overall law and order situation remained satisfactory Saturday except for two to three incidents of minor nature in Sindh.He said this was due to timely deployment of Pakistan Army and hoped that full normalcy would be restored in the next two to three days. He said the government assess the damages and then decide about the question of compensation.-SANA