LAHORE: Javedur Rehman, the driver of Benazir Bhutto’s armoured vehicle, recorded his statement during today’s hearing in connection with BB’s murder case here at Adiala jail on Wednesday.
Rehman said on the day of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, her security was not adequate.
He said Benazir Bhutto was answering phone calls in which people were greeting her on holding a successful public meeting in Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi.
Since, the security was not enough on the route of her return from Liaquat Bagh, the supporters who were chanting slogans in her favour got the chance to get close to her moving vehicle, he said.
The driver said the vehicle was surrounded by a sea of people from all directions, blocking the way completely and leaving no other option for the vehicle but stop. “I kept blowing the horn, but to no avail,” he added.
He went on to say that Naheed Khan, who was present in the car, asked for opening the sun-roof. The next moment, BB got up and put her head out of the sun-roof, as she began responding to the supporters slogans and cheers. Then a big blast took place, he added.
After recording his account, the court directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to submit a report on US journalist Mark Siegel’s statement in the next hearing.
The court also summoned for next hearing one more witness named Professor Yousuf.
Former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in bomb and gun attack on December 27, 2007, as she returned in her armoured vehicle after addressing a public meeting in Liaquate Bagh, Rawalpindi.