FIA gets physical remand of Prevez Musharraf till April 30 in Benazir Bhutto murder case


RAWALPINDI: The Anti-Terrorism Court on Friday gave the FIA physical remand of former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto murder case. Geo News reported.

The retired General who is already serving a two-week house arrest, set to expire on May 4 for sacking judges when he imposed emergency rule in November 2007, was presented before the ATC on Friday morning where he was served the fresh remand order which he will serve concurrently.

Pervez Musharraf appeared before the ATC in Rawalpindi for his remand hearing under tight security. He is accused of conspiracy to murder former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who died in December 2007.

“We requested a three-day remand of retired general Pervez Musharraf and

judge Chaudhry Habib-ur Rehman gave a three-day remand and adjourned the case until Monday,” prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar told.

The formal application seeking physical remand of Musharraf was submitted before the ATC on Thursday.

The sources said that the joint investigation team has completed the initial process.

The FIA had arrested Pervez Musharraf in Benazir Bhutto murder case on Thursday. The formal proceedings for the arrest were completed by the FIA Deputy Director at Musharraf’s farmhouse in Chak Shahzad which has been declared sub-jail.

The ATC had also allowed the FIA to include Pervez Musharraf in the investigation of Benazir Bhutto murder case. Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar represented FIA and presented his arguments while Afshan Adil Advocate represented Pervez Musharraf.

After listening to the arguments, the court had allowed FIA to formally arrest Musharraf and include him in the investigation.

During the interrogation, the former president was asked why Benazir Bhutto was not provided security upon her return to Pakistan, to which Musharraf replied that she was provided complete security.

Musharraf also refused to accept the allegations against him and said Benazir Bhutto became the target of terrorists.

Musharraf is accused of involvement in a conspiracy to murder Benazir Bhutto, who died in a gun and suicide attack in December 2007. It is one of the three cases he is fighting in the courts since returning home last month after four years in self-imposed exile.

Sources by : GEONews