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Former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.—File Photo
Former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.—File Photo

RAWALPINDI: During Monday’s hearing of the Benazir Bhutto murder case, an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi categorically ordered the authorities to produce former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, the main accused in the case, on July 9 before it as it adjourned the matter to the said date, DawnNews reported.

The ATC was hearing the case pertaining to the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

One of the accused persons in the murder, Aitraaz Shah’s application requesting bail was presented in the court, which was accepted for today's hearing.

Federal Investigative Agency’s (FIA) special prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar Ali, despite being summoned by the court, was not present at the hearing. Prison officials informed the ATC that the prosecutor’s absence was due to a lack of adequate security.

Meanwhile, a police report was submitted in the court which said that Musharraf could not be present at the hearing due to inept security arrangements. Musharraf’s lawyer added that the former military ruler had sought exemption from attendance on account of security concerns.

The ATC ordered the former president to be present at the coming hearing of the case on July 9. It also asked the FIA and police to submit all the previous records pertaining to the case.

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007. She was killed after addressing an election campaign rally in the city.

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Pervaiz Waraich Jul 02, 2013 12:45pm

pakistan will never learn from mistakes, everybody knows bibi murder was terror attack and president had nothing to do with it, whole govt may be blamed for poor security NOT just one person, please sort out terrorism , power shortage economy education rather playing around Musharrif and bibi, new PM has also onething on mind try Musharrif forgetting other problems Jul 02, 2013 04:34pm

Feeling somewhat good that the Pakistiani authorities seems to have determined to bring the ex.military general to book, for his alleged orders to murder Benezer Bhutto. A speedy and fair trial would go a long way in upholding the human dignity of humankind. Sincere and Impartial trials involving, especially, of the high and mighty brings some amount of trust which is expected of the general masses. Jul 02, 2013 04:38pm

a sppedy but fair trial is of utmost necessity to bring back some confidence in the present government

mian riaz Jul 02, 2013 08:11pm

Why it is taking so long, is it the courts or has no case against M, Mush. He is innocent and SC and justices has no guts to pass the judgement.

KHalid Jul 02, 2013 10:49pm

@Pervaiz Waraich: Another point is that Musharaf himself brought her back with the understanding that she will be the PM and he will be the President. Why would he have her killed? One of the most important thing in any investigation is the "reason" or "motivation" for such acts and who would benefit from it. That is what logic says. If Musharaf gets killed by Talibans, would Nawaz Sharif be tried for his murder ?.

pathanoo Jul 02, 2013 11:04pm

i will have to see it before I believe it.

Straighttalker Jul 03, 2013 02:42am

BB was killed by the same people who had made several attempts to kill Musharraf himself. The myth of Musharraf's involvement was created by a political party which needs a martyr in order to survive, and to have the fingers pointed away from the Presidency where they were beginning to be pointed as witnessed on several talk shows.