Musharraf’s arrest warrants reissued

RAWALPINDI: Anti-terrorism court on Saturday reissued an arrest warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf over the assassination of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Hearing of the case was held in Adiala Jail Rawalpindi before the Judge Rana Nisar Ahmed of Anti Terrorism court Rawalpindi Division on Saturday.

During the course of the hearing special prosecutor Ch Zulfiqar presented FIA report before the court regarding the arrest warrant of former President Musharraf. He told the court that the arrest warrants issued for the former president last week could not be served as they were sent to his Farm House in Islamabad and we were told by House servants that he does not live here and lives in London.

On this the court reissued the arrest warrant and sought the London address of the former President and directed that the warrants be served on both addresses.

During the hearing the defense lawyers of CCPO Saud Aziz and former SP Rawal Town told the court that they were unable to get copies of complete indictment therefore their clients cannot be indicted. On this the court ordered that the defense lawyers be provided all documents along with interim indictment.

Later the hearing was adjourned till March 5.

The former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf is alleged to have been part of a “broad conspiracy” to have his political rival killed before elections, though the exact nature of the charges against him is not clear.

At the time of Bhutto’s death, Musharraf’s government blamed the assassination on Pakistan’s Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, who denied any involvement.

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