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Musharraf to face "tricky" queries by FIA on Bhutto`s killing

Last Updated: Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 17:50

Islamabad: Former military ruler Pervez
Musharraf will be confronted with key queries by Pakistani
investigators on ex-premier Benazir Bhutto`s killing like why
no proper security cover was provided and why the crime scene
was hosed hurriedly?

The investigators would demand answers from Musharraf,
the Express Tribune reported quoting officials, as they feel
that the former ruler`s answers could potentially change the
course of investigations.
The Federal Investigation Agency seems to bent on
sending the questionnaire even as a key aide to the former
President has said that Musharraf will not respond and may
refuse to even receive it.

The paper said that Musharraf, who now wants to return
to Pakistan to re-enter politics, would also have to answer
why no autopsy was done on the body of slain Bhutto?

Another question thrown at the former military ruler
would be as to what transpired at a crucial meeting held at
the presidency on December 29, 2007, two says after Bhutto`s

The FIA, which is probing the gun-and-bomb attack that
killed Bhutto in December 2007, intends to send the
questionnaire to Musharraf, currently living self-exile in
According to the questionnaire, Musharraf will be
asked about the chronology of events that took place before
and after Bhutto was killed on December 27, 2007.

The Express Tribune quoted its sources as saying that
the questionnaire ? compiled by Mohammad Khalid Qureshi, who
is the chief of FIA`s Special Investigation Unit ? has some
"tricky" and "significant" queries.

A question asks Musharraf whether he had ordered then
Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema to hold a news
conference after the assassination.

Another question asks Musharraf whether he had been
warned by any foreign government or agency about possible
threats to Bhutto?s life.

"It was learnt that Benazir Bhutto told you that you
(Musharraf) would be responsible if she suffered any harm in
Pakistan. What is your response to that?" states another

Sources in the Interior Ministry said Interior
Minister Rehman Malik will decide whether the questionnaire
will be amended or sent in its current form to Musharraf.

An anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi is conducting
the trial of five suspects arrested for alleged involvement in
the assassination.

The accused are expected to be formally indicted at
the next hearing scheduled for December 4.


First Published: Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 17:50
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