Bhutto's Death Her Own Fault: Musharraf

'It was she to blame alone—nobody else,' tells '60 Minutes'
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2008 6:27 AM CST
Supporters of Pakistan's slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto takes part a candle lit ceremony in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008. President Pervez Musharraf blamed Bhutto for taking insufficient...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has absolved his own government—and everyone else—of culpability in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, telling "60 Minutes" that she alone was to blame for her death. "For standing up outside the car, I think it was she to blame alone—nobody else. Responsibility is hers," he said in an interview aired last night.

Musharraf acknowledged that the former prime minister may have been shot, despite earlier denials from his government and assertions that she died after hitting her head on a roof latch, reports CNN. He denied any lack of security in her death, saying she "was given more security than any other person." He also said there is no specific hunt on for Osama bin Laden—"There is no proof whatsoever that he's here. We are not particularly looking for him" —though he said the government is battling al Qaeda and the Taliban in general.