Islamabad (Agencies): Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Benazir Bhutto had been assured that she would be the Prime Minister after the 2007 general elections, revealed a report that was collected after retrieving data from her personal BlackBerry phones.

The Express Tribune said that one of her close associates informed Benazir through an email that the then US secretary of state and the then chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had also given the approval.

A panel of experts of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has managed to recover five dozen e-mails from the two BlackBerry phones of the slain leader.

An e-mail sent by a leading PPP leader dated October 23, 2007, to Benazir Bhutto said, "Respected Prime Minister (Benazir Bhutto), the United States confirmed that a crucial message had been sent to intelligence agencies of Pakistan, specifically not to interfere in party affairs and stay away from the electoral process. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and director-general Inter Services Intelligence have done a secret deal for your (Benazir Bhutto) premiership."

The e-mails are crucial in the probe into the murder mystery. Bhutto was assassinated on December 27 four years back, as she was leaving Liaquat Bagh in a motorcade after addressing an election rally in Rawalpindi.

A teenaged shooter was seen aiming for her head in the CCTV footage before a powerful suicide blast that had killed at least 24 people.

The Interior Ministry at that time blamed the Taliban of hatching the murder while the doctors said as she was standing in her vehicle "her head banged against the lever of the sunroof of her vehicle, which caused her death".

A few days ahead of the incident, Benazir sent an email to American journalist Ron Suskind. While referring to then president Pervez Musharraf, she said that Musharraf had given an alarming message: “You (Benazir) should understand that your security is based on the state of relations between you and me (Benazir and Musharraf).”

The FIA's Forensics Lab has recovered the crucial data from the BlackBerry phones. Nearly 400 hundred contact numbers have been saved.

FIA's latest report, compiled by head of investigation team Khalid Qureshi, said: “Musharraf was equally responsible for facilitation and abetment of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto through his government and justified failure in providing her the requisite security protection that her status demanded twice. There was a security lapse.”

Former President Pervez Musharraf's name was included in the list of accused on Monday in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case.