Bhutto murder: Pak SC seeks Musharraf’s response

Last Updated: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 15:43

Islamabad: Pakistan`s Supreme Court on Monday
directed authorities to paste a notice at the residence of
former President Pervez Musharraf seeking his response to a
petition for registering a second FIR regarding the
assassination of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar
Chaudhry issued the order during the hearing of a petition by
Bhutto`s former protocol officer Aslam Chaudhry, who wants a
second FIR to be registered against Musharraf and 12 others.

The bench said a notice seeking Musharraf`s reply
should be pasted outside his residence in Islamabad.

The former military ruler, currently living in self-exile
in London and Dubai, has not responded to a notice issued last
month by the apex court.

However, the prosecutor general of Punjab province
said in a reply submitted on behalf of police officials in
Rawalpindi that a second FIR could not be registered in the
presence of the first FIR.

The challan or charge-sheet related to the first FIR
too has been presented in anti-terrorism court conducting the
trial of seven suspects charged with involvement in the
assassination, the prosecutor general said.

The court was told by prosecutors that the respondents,
including Musharraf, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and former
Law Minister Babar Awan, had not submitted their replies
despite the court`s orders.

The court ordered officials to send a fresh notice
to Awan through the Attorney General.

The court further issued directions for notices to be
sent to police officials Saud Aziz and Khurram Shahzad through
the Punjab police chief.

Aziz and Shahzad are among the seven suspects facing
trial for Bhutto`s assassination.

They were arrested on charges of negligence in
providing security to Bhutto, who was killed by a suicide
bomber after addressing an election rally in Rawalpindi in
December 2007.

The court also accepted the Federal Investigation
Agency`s request to be made a party in the case and adjourned
the hearing for two weeks.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said the government
has approached Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice for the
arrest of Musharraf in connection with Bhutto`s assassination.

Musharraf recently deferred plans to return to
Pakistan after authorities warned he would be arrested on
arrival.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 15:43

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