RAWALPINDI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) will take up the Benazir Bhutto assassination case today (Monday). The court has summoned two witnesses and all the suspects. The district administration will also submit a report about arrangements it has made for cross-examination of American journalist Mark Siegel, scheduled on January 20. In his testimony recorded on October 1, Siegel, a witness in the case, had said that days before she travelled to Pakistan, slain prime minister Benazir Bhutto received threatening phone calls from the then president Pervez Musharraf, warning her of threats to her life should she choose to return before the 2007 elections. Siegel had recorded his statement before Justice Rai Muhammad Ayub via video link from the Pakistan Embassy in Washington on Thursday. General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, however, has vehemently denied that he made menacing telephone calls to Benazir Bhutto ahead of her return to Pakistan in 2007.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 14th, 2015.