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Musharraf Defends Efforts to Safeguard Bhutto

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf met with reporters Thursday and responded to accusations that he bears some responsibility for Benazir Bhutto's assassination.

Asked whether he has "blood on his hands," Musharraf replied, with emotion, "I am not a feudal, I am not a tribal — I have been brought up in a civilized and educated family."

He said Bhutto was warned about the threat against her and asked, "Who is to be blamed for her coming out (of) her vehicle?"

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Philip Reeves is an award-winning international correspondent covering South America. Previously, he served as NPR's correspondent covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.