Green light: Interpol rejects Pakistan’s request to arrest Musharraf

Published: March 21, 2013
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Former president Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: REUTERS / FILE

Former president Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: REUTERS / FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

It seems former president Musharraf has cleared the final hurdle leading to his return to Pakistan.  He no longer faces the possibility of arrest at the hands of Interpol upon his return, as they have turned down Pakistan’s request for a red warrant against him.

The request was rejected by the Interpol headquarters through a reply to the local authorities who had sought an arrest warrant for Musharraf as a suspect in Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case, The Express Tribune learned on Wednesday.

In its reply, Interpol said that the possible arrest of Musharraf seems to be politically motivated. The international agency added that the case filed against Musharraf in Pakistan through Interpol channels constitutes a matter of a predominantly ‘political character’.

This marks the second time the request by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was rejected by Interpol.  Last year, Interpol had rejected the same request due to insufficient documents submitted by local authorities.

In response, local authorities sent another  request to the Interpol director with investigation reports, including copies of statements by then director-general of ISI’s counter-intelligence wing Javed Iqbal Cheema, former director general of the Intelligence Bureau, Ejaz Shah, US-based journalist Marc Siegel’s emails to Benazir Bhutto and copies of the orders issued by the Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi.

In its latest reply, Interpol said that after having reviewed the general context, relevant information and related documentation and after having applied the “predominance test”, it found the suits against Musharraf “engaged by Pakistan” have a “political character”, even though he is sought for offences of ordinary law and not inherently political ones.

“In this political context, it was necessary to pay a particular attention to the quality of the elements provided to characterise the effective participation of Mr Musharraf in the acts he is accused of, and to the effective link between these elements and Benazir Bhutto’s murder,” the reply went on to say.

The ATC had issued the arrest warrant for Musharraf last year in light of FIA’s challan in the case of the suicide attack on Benazir in 2007, due to Musharraf’s continued absence from the court proceedings.

On March 19, Musharraf requested that the government provide him security upon his return, with his party representatives claiming that he will contest elections either from Karachi or Chitral.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2013.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • MSH
    Mar 21, 2013 - 9:49AM

    The authorities should stop wasting time and resources on these ridiculous shenanigans and instead concentrate on arresting real criminals like Tauqir Sadiq.

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  • ABKhan
    Mar 21, 2013 - 9:52AM

    How innocent FIA is. When MI6 is providing security to Musharaf, do they really believe Interpol would entertain the request to arrest him? One of the best example of west supportinf democracy by providing save heaven to a dictator

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  • Khanani
    Mar 21, 2013 - 10:57AM

    Lol at PPP now :D
    I just cant stop laughing. This guy is a genius, he didnt just made plans to return back without any backup plans, cause everyone know what other parties want. Way to go Mushi ! Loved this piece of news

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  • Baba Ji
    Mar 21, 2013 - 11:23AM

    Shabaash Interpol … “jissay Amreeka rakhay, ussay kaun chakkhay” !!!

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  • Candid1
    Mar 21, 2013 - 11:26AM

    Just goes to show how hollow the charges against him are. I really hope he gets back alive and well and wins several seats in the elections so he can put the country back on the path to recovery.

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  • ahmed
    Mar 21, 2013 - 11:33AM

    Woah! Thats liks a real politician:D i wish he gets back soon and wins the elections. And btw for all those who call him a dictator, could they provide any one dictation of his on to the public? And well if u call him a dictator then could u please name ONE politician who could maintain his standards in running the country? He is the ultimate choice for these elections and a hope for people according to me.

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  • Lalai
    Mar 21, 2013 - 12:11PM

    Now that is the biggest hypocracy of the Pakistani society in which we live.At one end, a complete locality is torched just due to alleged blasphemy (without any conviction) and on the other hand, go ahead is given to a known convict, who broke the constitution twice, which is the biggest crime in Pakistan. Possibly no Suomoto from SC this time, because the CJ was also involved in the first incident.

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Mar 21, 2013 - 12:15PM

    Musharraf is very street smart.

    He chose this period that he knows that the caretaker PM will not arrest him, now that the PP is gone.

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  • Salman Chaudhary
    Mar 21, 2013 - 12:38PM

    Why would Interpol rejecting Pakistan government’s request to arrest Musharraf clear the way for Musharraf to return to Pakistan? If he comes to Pakistan, he faces the risk of being arrested by the Pakistan authorities. Interpol is only useful in this regard outside Pakistan.

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  • Historian 1
    Mar 21, 2013 - 1:10PM

    The real man is coming back to replace his so called democratic dummy (zardari). Presidential system is best suited for Pakistan after the havoc created by PPP for the last 5 years.

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  • Amir
    Mar 21, 2013 - 1:14PM

    he served his time in the past, he will not be backed by americans all over his life.

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  • Historian 1
    Mar 21, 2013 - 1:21PM

    The real man is coming back to replace the dummy president and to serve NATO better than zardari.

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  • Ehsan karim
    Mar 21, 2013 - 1:35PM

    Welcome sir

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  • Mohammad
    Mar 21, 2013 - 2:13PM

    Well, all the cases against Musharraf are baseless and politically motivated, everyone of us know that.

    I am damn sure, democracy in Pakistan is not a way of Government, but a way of making money. Anyone with 1 IQ who has money can be elected due to poor electoral system in Pakistan, and is a MNA/MPA. Those who oppose Musharraf are these people who always want democracy of their own style…so they can make money.. and their coming generation can continue this practice, while the common man suffer.

    Now, when it comes to governing the Pakistan… everyone of you at least now understand that Musharraf was 1000 times better than PPP government. PPP was, unfortunately rewarded because of the death of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto…otherwise, Musharraf would have been the president of Pakistan under the PMLQ party.

    I really really wish that, now People of Pakistan understand and do not vote for tried one, get new people, get APML & PTI.

    I also suggest that Election commission should not accept the result unless 80% of registered voter caste the votes.Recommend

  • PTIMardan
    Mar 21, 2013 - 2:18PM

    If Zardari,rehman malik,Pervez ashraf and the “namaloom afraad” can walk around freely then how come Musharraf can be arrested?

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  • Talha
    Mar 21, 2013 - 2:20PM

    Ooh yeah Baby!!! I see light through this dark and stinky tunnel!!

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  • sameer
    Mar 21, 2013 - 2:51PM

    Arrest Musharraf, but release Malik Ishaq and his benefactors. Just Amazing.

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  • g antanu
    Mar 21, 2013 - 3:49PM

    instead of harping on the issue let musharraf come back to Pakistan . let him fight election and let the people decide his fate. ..or the present pak politicians are afraid of him? I think INTRPOL did the right thing.

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  • Uzair
    Mar 25, 2013 - 10:39PM

    Except NRO, everything else against him is pretty much baseless.

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