‘Benazir murder probe ‘futile’ exercise’

PML-F chief has termed the ongoing FIA probe into former PM Benazir Bhutto’s murder a futile exercise.

Karachi: Pakistan Muslim League- Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Pagara has termed the ongoing Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) investigation into former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination a futile exercise.

Pagara ruled out the possibility that Bhutto’s killers would be arrested, adding that ‘the culprits hold (very powerful) positions’, Geo News reported.

He made these comments while talking to media persons after holding a meeting with Awami Muslim League Chief Sheikh Rashid at Kingri House.

Pagara said that Bhutto’s killers were hiding in such a place where no one could touch them, The Nation reported.

Meanwhile, the FIA obtained six days’ physical custody of Saud Aziz and former SP Khurram Shahzad, who were arrested for their alleged involvement in the murder case. The FIA is seeking to recover the cellphones the duo were using on the day Bhutto was murdered in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh.

Special Public Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali told reporters that Aziz and Shahzad had informed the investigators that four officers of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) had been in contact with them.

As part of the investigation, Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has also sent a questionnaire to former president Pervez Musharraf to record his statement.

“We have sent the questionnaire to General (retd) Musharraf and are waiting for his reply,” Special Public Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, who is representing Federal Investigation Agency’s joint investigation team, was quoted as saying.

Interior ministry sources revealed that the document contained questions relating to the security lapse, and asked the former president why he did not provide adequate security to Bhutto, even though she had expressed fears over threats to her life.