Last Updated: Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:28 pm (KSA) 09:28 am (GMT)

Pakistan to ask Interpol for help to arrest Musharraf

Musharraf is accused of failing to provide the former premer with adequate security
Musharraf is accused of failing to provide the former premer with adequate security

Pakistan will ask Interpol to circulate a global arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf over the murder of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, a prosecutor said on Saturday.

A Pakistani court last week gave prosecutors until April 2 to serve a warrant granted in February on Musharraf, who was president when Bhutto was killed in December 2007 in a gun and suicide bomb attack in Rawalpindi.

"We presented three letters in the court which have been sent to the British government for the execution of the warrants," prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali told AFP.

"We have not yet received any report from the British home department and now we will write to Interpol to help execute the warrants," Ali said.

The retired general, who lives in London after stepping down as president, is accused of not providing adequate security to Bhutto, a former prime minister, after she returned to Pakistan to re-enter politics. She was killed in a gun and bomb attack outside Rawalpindi Dec. 27, 2007, when Musharraf was president.

Musharraf is alleged to have been part of a "broad conspiracy" to have his political rival killed before elections, though the exact nature of the charges against him is not clear.

Bhutto’s widower, Asif Ali Zardari, led her Pakistan People's Party to election victory in 2008 and is now president.

At the time of Bhutto's death, Musharraf's government blamed the assassination on Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, who denied any involvement and was subsequently killed in a U.S. drone attack.

Musharraf's lawyer has dismissed all charges against his client as political victimization.

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