Musharraf asks Interpol to dismiss Pak's RCN request



Musharraf asks Interpol to dismiss Pak`s RCN request Islamabad: Former military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf has approached Interpol to seek the dismissal of a request from the Pakistan government for issuing a Red Corner Notice against him in connection with Benazir Bhutto's assassination, according to a media report on Monday.

He sought Interpol's help following a third request from Pakistan last week seeking a Red Corner Notice for him.

"Musharraf has sought Interpol's assistance under Article 3 of Interpol's Constitution, which enshrines the guiding principle of neutrality by explicitly forbidding Interpol from engaging in matters of political, military, religious and racial character," an unnamed official of the Federal Investigation Agency was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.

The official, dealing with Bhutto's assassination case, said Musharraf had requested Interpol to treat his case as a matter of "political and military character".

"Interpol may reject Pakistan's request as neutrality has always been paramount to Interpol whose activities transcend international politics," the official quoted a friend of Musharraf as saying.

The former military ruler sent his request to the Commission for the Control of Interpol's Files (CCF) earlier this month. The CCF sought more evidence and is monitoring Pakistan's request.

Pakistan sought the Red Corner Notice for Musharraf after investigators accused him of failing to provide adequate security to Bhutto after her return to Pakistan from self-exile in October 2007. Bhutto was killed by a suicide bomber in the garrison city of Rawalpindi later the same year.

The FIA official said Interpol headquarters had not rejected Pakistan's request for a Red Corner Notice. "Interpol did not reject our request. It only asked for more documents."

PTI