In a new twist to the Benazir Bhuttto assassination case, a Pakistani militant accused by the Pakistani government on Friday (December 28) of masterminding former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assasination has completely denied any involvement.
Baitullah Mehsud, a Taliban commander linked to the al Qaeda has been accused by the Pakistani government of planning the assasination of Bhutto. But in a statement released today, Baitullah Mehsud's spokesperson Maulvi Omar has said:
"I strongly deny it. Tribal people have their own customs. We don't strike women," Mehsud's spokesman Maulvi Omar said by telephone from an undisclosed location.
"It is a conspiracy by government, military and intelligence agencies"
The denial comes after the Pakistan government released the transcript of an alleged telephone conversation between Baitullah Mehsud and another militant.
"He had no involvement in this attack," spokesman Maulana Omar said in a telephone call. "This is a conspiracy of the government, army and intelligence agencies."
The spokesman said he was calling from Pakistan's Waziristan area, a lawless tribal region where Pakistani government forces have been battling Islamist militants.
Omar said the transcript released by the government, allegedly of a phone call between Mehsud and a militant discussing Bhutto's death after the killing, was a "drama" and expressed sadness over her assassination on Thursday (December 27).
He said it would have been "impossible" for militants to get through the security cordon around the campaign rally where she was killed.
"Benazir was not only a leader of Pakistan but also a leader of international fame. We express our deep grief and shock over her death," Omar said.