Benazir assassination case: Govt to seek Interpol help to arrest Musharraf

Published: March 27, 2011

Court demands former president’s presence on April 2.

RAWALPINDI: 

Pakistan will ask for Interpol’s help in arresting former president Pervez Musharraf, a public prosecutor told reporters on Saturday outside a jail where Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case is being heard.

During the hearing at the Adiala Jail, the public prosecutor is reported to have told the court that the foreign ministry had already sent a letter to the British home office in this regard.

FIA Deputy Director Khalid Rasool said that they had sent several reminders to the British authorities, but were still waiting for their response. Later, Anti Terrorism Court Judge Rana Nasir Ahmed ordered the agency to produce the former president before the court on April 2 and adjourned the case.

Talking to the media outside the jail, Public Prosecutor  Chaudhry Zulfiqar said that although Pakistan had no extradition treaty with the United Kingdom, the country could ask for British assistance for issuing arrest warrants for his arrest on the basis of the Extradition Act of 1971.

“We have not received any report from the British home department yet. We will now approach Interpol to help execute the warrants,” he added

On the previous hearing, FIA had requested the court for more time for arresting the former president. On February 18, the court re-issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Musharraf to be served on him at his London address.

The former president is allegedly involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto because of his failure to provide adequate security.

Musharraf, despite being aware of the imminent danger to Bhutto’s life, did not take the requisite security measures to prevent her assassination, according to a 57-page report submitted earlier before the court.

The FIA has so far submitted three charge-sheets in this case.

The first one was in May last year which held the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan responsible for the assassination. The second was submitted in September 2010. It held former police officials Saud Aziz and Khurram Shahzad responsible for the murder. The third charge-sheet was submitted in February and it held Musharraf responsible for Bhutto’s murder.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 27th, 2011.


Reader Comments (28)

  • Eeman
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:44PM

    Pakistan army seems to have lost its bamboo and has not shown it to FIA since long? Recommend

  • SYED AGHA ALI Moosavi
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:58PM
  • Q
    Mar 26, 2011 - 2:08PM

    Hyper-active behavior. Long Live PM.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/137913/all-benazir-murder-suspects-have-been-arrestedITHINKI/
    Yes, this should close the issue for the confused.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 26, 2011 - 2:34PM

    It seems the Judge is behaving abnormally despite of FIAs insist to remove his name.Recommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 3:00PM

    i think he have a slight hand in helping to remove the evidence. and he can be arrested form uk so he will move to Dubai or Saudi, you will not catch it by this way by the time they will submit he will be long go out of ukRecommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 26, 2011 - 3:45PM

    What is going on in this country?? When all have been arrested already, then why General Musharraf then? This game will constantly be played up to the time the PPP is in the government, after that ……Recommend

  • Faizan
    Mar 26, 2011 - 3:52PM

    Why you all are making the innocent people of Pakistan fool??? Is it true that Gen Musharraf is involved in BB murder case?? Just keep it in mind that man is mortal and one day all have to appear before Allah, then at that time what will you say…..Recommend

  • Afaq
    Mar 26, 2011 - 6:06PM

    Good move. He must repay what he did toPakistani innocent nation.Recommend

  • salim
    Mar 26, 2011 - 6:46PM

    @Cars in Pakistan:

    He is very much in UK now. A man not to be cowed down.Recommend

  • adeel
    Mar 26, 2011 - 7:54PM

    @cars in Pakistan…Pakistan doesn’t have an extradition treaty with UK…so stop wasting time, this country has bigger issues to take care ofRecommend

  • Arsalan
    Mar 26, 2011 - 7:59PM

    I do not think any thing can happen.
    It is mere a cover up and nothing more.
    Mush got lot many local and foreign assurances including UK government before getting his last Guard of Honor.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 26, 2011 - 8:10PM

    Wasn’t very long ago I read an article that Pakistan was still paying for his protection – if so you might want to change that.Recommend

  • ehsanali
    Mar 26, 2011 - 8:50PM

    May Allah save him from these wolves Long live MusharrafRecommend

  • Ali
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:11PM

    Zardari should be offered kisas…Recommend

  • jibran hayat
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:20PM

    He will remain in peace and safety, inshallah Recommend

  • Asif Ali
    Mar 27, 2011 - 1:54AM

    Mr. Mushraff if you are clean and not afraid to face the court then come to Pakistan. When you were in power you screwed a number of people, now experience solitary confinement and see how it feels. I bet you will not come because you are scared. Recommend

  • M Hasan
    Mar 27, 2011 - 2:50AM

    The court order is beyond imagination.Recommend

  • Vicram Singh
    Mar 27, 2011 - 8:35AM

    Everybody seems to be ganging up against Mohajir people.Recommend

  • waila munda
    Mar 27, 2011 - 9:01AM

    who is responsible for the murder of salman taseer and shahbaz bhattiif musharraf is responsible for the BBRecommend

  • EA
    Mar 27, 2011 - 10:12AM

    Pakistani ex-president or other political leadership living in exile is something akin to self-disgrace for Pakistan.
    They own(ed) Pakistan and they should live in Pakistan. Come what may. After all this is the country they are publicly worried about.
    Ever heard a dog enjoying hearty meal and barking at its own house! Recommend

  • Mirza
    Mar 27, 2011 - 10:55AM

    Stop wasting time and money. Pakistani generals are above the law. In fact they are the law! How many generals have ever been tried in an open court in the history of Pakistan? They are all the same and cover each other. Pak army has always ruled/plundered the country and constitution as an institution where everybody benefits. That is why there has not been a counter coup against the army rule in Pakistan.

    Give them TLC, and as many extensions as they want. Stop this drama as if any bloody/corrupt civilian can even touch these sacred cows.

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • Mirza
    Mar 27, 2011 - 11:06AM

    For some the issue of multiple acts of high treason and killing political opponents is not a crime. Mush boasted about the murder of 80 years old Baloch leader Akbar Bugti for example. As far as BB’s murder is concerned, who washed up the crime scene and who cooked up the stories of hitting sunroof? Mush had the dictatorial powers and his information officer a general was spreading dis-information.

    While cases of alleged theft or corruption initiated by their political opponents 30 years ago are serious crimes high treason, throwing 60 judges and their families in jail are not crimes! Where is the sense of proportionality? In most common cases the criminals get a few years but in murders and high treason, it is certain death.

    High crimes and treason should be ignored and appreciated while small crimes be pursued! That is the justice Pakistani style!

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • Abu Muhammad
    Mar 27, 2011 - 12:31PM

    RAWALPINDI Court has issued instruction to arrest former President Musharraf through Interpol’s help. Superior Court has still fail to follow up the NRO Case. The interpol’s help drama will be continued till the completion of current government period. Pakistani people just read and listen every news and forget everything. Musharraf cannot arrest until the committment of PPP leaderships. Recommend

  • Mar 27, 2011 - 1:04PM

    This issue will heat up the media and will buy ppp govt 6 more months… They will come and debate on this issue everynight on javed chaudhry instead of answering about their Performance and plans for their remaining last 2 years.Recommend

  • Asraf
    Mar 27, 2011 - 4:02PM

    Geo Musharraf – Long live Musharraf.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 27, 2011 - 7:22PM

    This should interrupt the Musharraf paid speaker gravy train – hard to get paid as a speaker when your going to be put in handcuffs in the middle of your speech.Recommend

  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Mar 28, 2011 - 7:27AM

    It is true and fact he( Musharraf ) will never come back in Pakistan he was just doing acting there in UK until the any court of Pakistan call him.He was in news media going to Dubai,USA and in UK addressing to the peoples showing himself very noble,innocence now all is stop.May be he is not sleeping very well now.

    This is the down fall of a person one time he said my uniform is my skin and will take out with my skin shame to him and like this kind of leaders in Pakistan.How much fear of Allah he have had it.Now the time of revenge is coming,The stick of Allah has no sound.May Allah forgive us Aamen.Recommend

  • Ashley Caldeira
    Mar 28, 2011 - 8:46AM

    If Musharraf is guilty, he should be tried according to the Pakistani Law.

    But that is more less unlikely, because in the Same time PPP is also guilty, the question is, Why was there “NO POSTMORTEM REPORT” of the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto since it was an assassination in public.

    I believe that whenever there were assassination of Ministers, and this year 2011 has enough events to prove for itself. ( Minority Minister / PPP Minister assassination ). All of there body had a Postmortem Report about the cause of Death.

    What are the PPP Government Hiding ?

    Adding to these cases filed by PPP, I remember that even PPP former Prime Minister and Zardari had cases against them but since they were eligible for Immunity according to the Pakistani Constitution and Justice. NOBODY can even touch them or say anything against them.

    For Political Parties and Americans, Serious Crimes and treason can by ignored and even the Pakistani Constitution can be altered at anytime.

    Only those Citizens of Pakistani,who do not have any relation with Political Parties Deserves to be tried according to the Pakistani Constitution.Recommend

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