UK rejects Pak application for Mush repatriation
London said there are no extradition arrangements between UK and Pakistan.
Rawalpindi: The United Kingdom government has refused to accept the application of the Pakistan government for the arrest of former president Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case.
The UK government says Musharraf will not be repatriated because there are no general extradition arrangements between the UK and Pakistan.
According to a UK Home Ministry statement, London will not accept any application from Islamabad regarding the repatriation of the former military ruler, The News reports.
The Home Ministry spokesperson, however, said that both countries could enter into a special protocol in the absence of any accord for the repatriation of the accused.
The spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied receiving any application for the repatriation of the former president. However, Pakistan’s High Commission in London had earlier claimed that Pakistan had sent the application to the UK and Commonwealth authorities.
“We have received the arrest warrant and sent it to the UK authorities,” an assistant to High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hassan was quoted, as saying a few days back.
Musharraf was Pakistan’s president when former prime minister Benazir was targeted in a gun and bomb attack as she was leaving Liaqat Bagh in Rawalpindi after addressing a public rally on December 27, 2007.
His spokesman has repeatedly said the former president will not be going back to Pakistan for any court hearing.
Musharraf is alleged to have been part of a “broad conspiracy” to have his political rival Benazir killed before elections, though the exact nature of the charges against him is not clear.