Zee Media Bureau/ Neha Attre
Lahore: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan formally indicted country`s ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.
70-year-old Musharraf was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and facilitation to murder. He denied all the charges made against him and said that he was being falsely implicated.
Apart from Musharraf, six others were indicted as well. The next date of court hearing is scheduled for August 27.
The trial took place amid tight security with hundreds of policemen deployed outside the court to prevent any assassination bid on Musharraf after death threats were issued against him by Taliban.
For the first time in the country, an ex-military ruler has been charged with murder. If convicted, he faces death sentence or life imprisonment.
Musharraf is currently at his farmhouse in Islamabad under house arrest shortly after he returned to the country to contest general elections.
Bhutto was murdered in a suicide attack minutes after she addressed an election rally outside Rawalpindi in 2007.