Arrest warrant issued for Musharraf in connection with the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto
(AL JAZEERA) An anti-terrorism court judge in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with the 2007 assassination of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, officials have said.
“Judge Rana Nisar Ahmad has issued non-bailable warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf and directed him to appear before the court on February 19,” Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, a public prosecutor, told AFP on Saturday.
He said “a joint investigation team that had been formed to probe the assassination said in its report Musharraf had involvement in the case and was equally responsible.”
“The report said it was a broad conspiracy involving Pervez Musharraf, two police officials and terrorists,” Ali said after the closed-door hearing that took place in Rawalpindi’s Adiala prison.
Bhutto was killed in December 2007, in a gun and suicide bomb blast during a rally weeks after returning to Pakistan to campaign in new elections. Many of her supporters accuse Musharraf of not doing enough to ensure her protection.
Musharraf left Pakistan for London more than two years ago, but has expressed his intention to return to Pakistan and establish offices for his new political party by March.
His spokesman Saif Ali Khan told a private channel that Musharraf will defend himself before the court “at an appropriate time.”
In December, police arrested two senior police officers, Saud Aziz and Khurram Shahzad, for alleged dereliction of duty for their “failure” to protect Bhutto.
Bhutto, who served two terms as prime minister, returned from exile two months before she was assassinated to stand for election.
Her widower, Asif Ali Zardari, led her Pakistan People’s Party to election victory in February 2008 and is now president.
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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