Mr Malik vowed to bring former President Musharraf back through the intercession of the Interpol “any time soon” to stand trial for not providing adequate security to Ms Bhutto. Interestingly, at the same time, Mr Malik charged Al-Qaeda and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan with planning as well as executing the assassination. He maintained that as many as 27 terrorist groups had been involved and that Haqqania madrasah had been used for undertaking the sordid affair. He could not say, though, whether Maulana Samiul Haq, who runs the seminary, was in the know of it. The question is: How the Interior Minister would establish collusion between the self-exiled President and the militant outfits. It would hardly convince the man in the street, let alone an informed person, who is quite aware that General (retd) Musharraf was, in fact, fighting these outfits. That is what the war on terror is all about. He could not possibly be in league with them, facilitating the murder. It is, thus, doubtful whether the government would be able to persuade the Interpol to issue red warrant, arrest and deport him to Pakistan on the basis of the perception that he had not provided security in accordance with promise.
Reacting to Mr Malik’s statement, General Musharraf said that he was sure the Interpol would not touch him; the local administration and not he, as President, was responsible for her security. He raised two questions: who advised Ms Bhutto to raise her head out of the sunroof, and who was beneficiary of her death? Considering the loopholes in the charge against him in the PPP leader’s case, one should have wished that he was rather formally charged with the assassination of Nawab Akbar Bugti for which the evidence implicating him was much more solid enough for the Interpol to act. One really wonders whether the government is at all serious about getting hold of dictator Musharraf and bringing him to trial.