Sunday, June 12, 2011

Arrest warrant issued for Musharraf

Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf

Source: Press TV

A Pakistani court has issued an arrest warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf over his alleged involvement in the assassination of the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

On the request of Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), an anti-terrorism court's judge, Rana Nisar Ahmed, asked the authorities to immediately put Musharraf on trial, a Press TV correspondent reported.

In April, the court urged Islamabad to issue the arrest warrant through Interpol. Musharraf's arrest warrant could still not be served by the government.

In a February report, FIA said Musharraf was behind Bhutto's assassination in Rawalpindi in 2007.

According to the report, Musharraf had appointed the two senior policemen who are suspected of not giving adequate protection to Bhutto at the time of her murder.

Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007 in an attack as she was leaving an election rally in Rawalpindi. A gunman reportedly shot her in the neck and set off a bomb. At least 20 other people died in the attack and several more were injured.

The FIA report said the officers failed to provide adequate security to Bhutto, denied her a post-mortem and were also responsible for hosing down the scene of the killing immediately after the crime.

Musharraf is accused of giving the pair their orders.

Bhutto's widower, Asif Ali Zardari, who won the presidency after Bhutto's death, has pointed the finger of blame at the then government of Musharraf and threatened to take action against the former military ruler.

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