Threat to life: ISI witness refuses to testify in BB murder case

Published: June 2, 2015
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A file photo of late Benazir Bhutto. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of late Benazir Bhutto. PHOTO: AFP

RAWALPINDI: 

A key witness of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) on Monday refused to testify before an anti-terrorism court in the former premier Benazir Bhutto’s (BB) murder case.

Special Judge Rai Muhammad Ayub Marth of ATC No 1 took up the BB murder case in a newly established room in the commissioner’s office where prosecution witness Ismail, the former ISI telephone operator, faced the court.

Ismail told the court that his life was in danger after he left his job at the ISI. Besides, he said, his native town borders Nusrati village of TTP’s Baitullah Mehsud in Karak tehsil.

Consequently, the anti-terrorism court discarded his earlier statement he recorded before the investigation team which was probing BB assassination case.

Former telephone operator Ismail had confirmed to the investigation team that he had intercepted the communication between the suspects and the TTP terrorists.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 2nd, 2015.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Sharath Chandra
    Jun 2, 2015 - 10:29AM

    You cannot force the accused to testify, they might incriminate themselves.Recommend

  • Shakil
    Jun 2, 2015 - 2:10PM

    Thank you tribune for publishing his native village, it will not be hard for terrorists to spot him in a little village.Recommend

  • yo buddy
    Jun 2, 2015 - 3:37PM

    and ARMY says we have broken the bones of terrorists… how strange.
    what about the money spent on zarb-e-azb from the tax payers??????Recommend

  • Khan Jr
    Jun 2, 2015 - 4:11PM

    It’s already been established that was no actual communication between Baitullah Mahsud’s mob and the suspects – a fake recording was released to put the blame on the militants. So this ex-ISI man is obviously scared that if he tells the truth in court he will become a marked man.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 2, 2015 - 5:11PM

    Is this a joke or what? Why courts and media are disclosing information about him to the public.Recommend

  • AQ
    Jun 2, 2015 - 5:16PM

    @Khan Jr I second you.Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Jun 2, 2015 - 11:02PM

    @Shakil:

    seriously. our print media has zero sense of responsibility to our men. Recommend

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