Islamabad: Pakistan has sent a formal request
to Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice for former military
ruler Pervez Musharraf so that he can be arrested and brought
back from self-exile to face trial in connection with the
assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
The Federal Investigation Agency yesterday sent the
request to the Director of Interpol in Pakistan, official
sources said today.
FIA Special Prosecutor Mohammad Azhar Chaudhry confirmed
to the media that the process to bring 68-year-old Musharraf,
currently living outside the country in self-exile, back to
Pakistan had begun.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik last week announced that
the government would bring Musharraf back to face trial for
his alleged failure to provide security to former premier
Benazir Bhutto at the time of her assassination in 2007
despite being aware of threats to her life.
Musharraf has been declared a "proclaimed offender" or
fugitive by an anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of
seven persons accused of involvement in the assassination.
The court also directed authorities to seize Musharraf's
assets and to freeze his bank accounts.
Special Prosecutor Chaudhry said an officer of the FIA's
joint investigation team probing the assassination had handed
over an application for the Red Corner Notice to Interpol's
representative in Pakistan.
After scrutinising the application, the Interpol
representative will forward it to Interpol headquarters in
France, he said.
Once the Red Corner Notice is issued, Musharraf can be
detained anywhere in the world and brought back to Pakistan so
that he can be produced in court, official sources said.
Musharraf has been living in London and Dubai since he
left Pakistan in early 2009 after several criminal and civil
cases were filed against him across the country.
Meanwhile, a media report today said the British
government may not extradite Musharraf even if Pakistan
obtains a Red Corner Notice against him as the two countries
do not have an extradition treaty.
The News daily, quoting a senior unnamed British
diplomatic source said that not only Musharraf but a number of
people from various countries living in Britain are wanted by
their governments on different counts.
As long as they obey the law in Britain, they are not
deported, the source claimed.
Musharraf has not sought asylum in Britain but is staying
as a guest who respects "British laws faithfully", the daily
quoted its sources as saying.
"We have no problem with his staying in the United
Kingdom," a source said.
Musharraf recently put off his plans to return to Pakistan
in March after the government warned that he would be arrested
The former dictator had planned to return to the country
to lead his All Pakistan Muslim League party in the next
He has denied allegations that he was in any way involved
in Bhutto's assassination and said he is willing to face
First Published: Thursday, March 01, 2012, 13:45