Benazir Bhutto assassination case: Pakistan court declares Pervez Musharraf absconder

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New Delhi | Published: August 31, 2017 6:00:11 PM

A Pakistani court today declared former president Pervez Musharraf an absconder in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.

Benazir Bhutto assassination case, Benazir Bhutto , Pakistan, Parvez MusharrafPervez Musharraf has been declared an absconder in the Benazir Bhutto murder case. (Express Archives/ Reuters)

A Pakistani court today declared former president Pervez Musharraf an absconder in the Benazir Bhutto murder case. Delivering his verdict in Rawalpindi, Anti-Terrorist Court judge  Asghar Khan also acquitted all five accused arrested in the murder case of the former prime minister, ANI said. According to the report,  the court sentenced ex-Rawalpindi CPO Saud Aziz and former Rawal Town SP Khurram Shahzad to  17 years of imprisonment each. They were also ordered to pay a fine of Rs. 0.5 million each.

The two-time prime minister, Benazir Bhutto was the chief Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). She was assassinated in a suicide attack at an election rally in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007. Earlier, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar also said that retired General Pervez Musharraf, declared the “most wanted” in the case,  could not appear for the hearing, as he is under threat by the Al Qaeda. As many as 68 witnesses appeared before the court on behalf of the prosecution during the case and recorded their statements. One of the accused Aitzaz Shah’s lawyer told the court that the FIA’s probe had many defects. He said that the agency had not asked any suspects about when they were arrested.

The trial of five suspects had begun in February 2008, after the police arrested them in the case. After the PPP won the election in the same year, the case was handed over to FIA, ANI added.The agency’s special prosecutor in the case was killed by unknown assailants in 2013. As per doctors, he was killed with 10 bullets targeting his shoulder and chest, the agency report said further.

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