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Non-bailable warrant against Musharraf

Islamabad: A Pakistani court on Saturday issued a non-bailable warrant against former president Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case.

Rawalpindi’s anti-terrorism court has ordered Musharraf to mark his presence before it on February 19.

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007, as she was leaving Liaquat Bagh in a motorcade after addressing an election rally in Rawalpindi, the twin city of Islamabad capital. A teenaged shooter was seen aiming for her head in the CCTV footage before a powerful suicide blast killed at least 24 people participating in the rally.

On February 07, Pakistani prosecutors asked a trial court to declare Musharraf as an “absconder” in Benazir’s assassination case, saying he had refused to cooperate in the probe and also named him as an “accused”.

Also this week, a team probing the 2007 assassination said that Musharraf was aware that the Taliban was plotting to kill Benazir, but he did not pass on the information to the authorities concerned.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) found that Musharraf knew that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud was plotting the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, but withheld the information from agencies concerned.

Sources said that JIT head Khalid Qureshi has briefed Pakistan’s Interior Ministry officials about the challan submitted by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Rawalpindi’s anti-terrorism court (ATC) earlier this week.

The challan contained 12 charges against Musharraf.

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