Benazir assassination probe: Pak ATC extends remand of detained police duo

The court extends the physical remand of 2 former police officials for 10 days.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2011, 15:28 PM IST

Rawalpindi: In the latest development in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, a special Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) of Pakistan has extended the physical remand of two former police officials, Saud Aziz and Khurram Shahzad, for 10 days.

Earlier, FIA prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar had acquired an eight-day physical remand of Saud, a former Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO), and Shahzad, a former Superintendent of Police (SP), at Rawal Town, for the recovery of the mobile phone sets the two officers used on the day of Benazir’s murder.

On Saturday (today), the Federal Investigation Agency produced the accused before the court and pleaded for a 10-day extension in their physical remand, SAMAA TV reports.

Former Rawalpindi police chief Aziz told the court that he had provided his mobile phone to the investigation team, which was in use on December 27, 2007, the day former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated.

Aziz’s counsel, Wahid Anjum, argued that there was no such technology anywhere in the world that could retrieve data from a mobile phone.

However, FIA prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar told the court that the SIMs handed over to the agency were not used by Aziz or Shahzad that day.

The court subsequently extended the physical remand of both the cops, and handed them over to the FIA.

ANI