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Report to Musharraf blames Bhutto's staff for 'lapses'

January 05, 2008 22:40 IST

Rejecting allegations of a security lapse, local authorities in Pakistan's Rawalpindi city have blamed opposition leader Benazir Bhutto's [Images] personal security staff for not stopping her from exposing herself, which allowed her assassins to target her.

A detailed report regarding security arrangements made by the Rawalpindi city administration for Bhutto during her December 27 rally in Liaquat Bagh has been submitted to president Musharraf, district Nazim Ikhas said.

"The report makes it clear that there have been no security lapses regarding the protection of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto", Ikhlas said.

Coverage: Benazir Bhutto Assassinated

The report has held the personal security staff of Bhutto, including her security advisor Rehman Malik, and a police officer of the rank of SSP, and other persons sitting in her bulletproof vehicle responsible for not stopping her from coming out of the sun-roof to wave to her supporters.

Bhutto was attacked when she emerged from the sun-roof of her car after addressing the rally in the garrison city.

Musharraf too said during an interaction with reporters on Thursday that Bhutto had thrown caution to the wind and gone to Liaquat Bagh despite being alerted about threats to her life.

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