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    Pakistan to ask Interpol to arrest ex-president

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    2/21/2012

    (AP) ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's interior minister says the government will ask Interpol to arrest ex-President Pervez Musharraf in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

    Rehman Malik said Tuesday that Pakistan was seeking Musharraf's arrest because he allegedly failed to provide adequate security for Bhutto.

    Legal expert Hashmat Habib said Interpol, an international police organization, has the right to detain Musharraf and hand him over to Pakistan if it chooses to issue a warrant.

    Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack on Dec. 27, 2007, near Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.

    Musharraf has been living in London and Dubai since he resigned in 2008.

    Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party controls the current government.
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    Zardari knows who killed Benazir: Musharraf Denies involvement

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    Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    RAWALPINDI: Former president Pervez Musharraf has said that President Asif Ali Zardari knows well who are the killers of former premier Benazir Bhutto and that Interpol will not get involved.

    Musharraf on Tuesday reacted strongly to Rehman Malik’s briefing to lawmakers in the Sindh Assembly in which the interior minister flagrantly accused the former president of having involvement in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

    Talking to various TV channels, Musharraf vehemently denied the allegations, saying that he had responsibly informed the the threats to her life before the first attack.

    He slammed the report of the assassination probe as being unfounded, saying: “The UN report on Benazir’s killing is baseless”. “I was not in contact with the slain PPP chairperson after October 18,” he further affirmed. He said it was by no means the duty of the president to provide security to the former prime minister, who had returned to the country voluntarily.
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    Pakistan moves Interpol for Musharraf's arrest

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    PTI | Mar 1, 2012, 02.44PM IST

    Pakistani authorities have sent a formal request to Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, currently living outside the country in self-exile.

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistani authorities have sent a formal request to Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, currently living outside the country in self-exile.

    The move was taken so that he can be arrested and brought back to the country to face trial in connection with the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

    The Federal Investigation Agency yesterday sent the request to the Director of Interpol in Pakistan, official sources said today.

    FIA Special Prosecutor Mohammad Azhar Chaudhry confirmed to the media that the process to bring Musharraf back to Pakistan had begun.

    Interior minister Rehman Malik last week announced that the government would bring Musharraf back to face trial for his alleged failure to provide security to former premier Benazir Bhutto at the time of her assassination in 2007 despite being aware of threats to her life.

    Musharraf has been declared a "proclaimed offender" or fugitive by an anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of seven persons accused of involvement in the assassination.

    The court also directed authorities to seize Musharraf's assets and to freeze his bank accounts.

    Special Prosecutor Chaudhry said an officer of the FIA's joint investigation team probing the assassination had handed over an application for the Red Corner Notice to Interpol's representative in Pakistan.

    After scrutinising the application, the Interpol representative will forward it to Interpol headquarters in France, he said.

    Once the Red Corner Notice is issued, Musharraf can be detained anywhere in the world and brought back to Pakistan so that he can be produced in court, official sources said.

    Musharraf has been living in London and Dubai since he left Pakistan in early 2009 after several criminal and civil cases were filed against him across the country.

    Meanwhile, a media report today said the British government may not extradite Musharraf even if Pakistan obtains a Red Corner Notice against him as the two countries do not have an extradition treaty.

    The News daily, quoting a senior unnamed British diplomatic source said that not only Musharraf but a number of people from various countries living in Britain are wanted by their governments on different counts.

    As long as they obey the law in Britain, they are not deported, the source claimed.

    Musharraf has not sought asylum in Britain but is staying as a guest who respects "British laws faithfully", the daily quoted its sources as saying.

    "We have no problem with his staying in the United Kingdom," a source said.

    Musharraf recently put off his plans to return to Pakistan in March after the government warned that he would be arrested on arrival.

    The former dictator had planned to return to the country to lead his All Pakistan Muslim League party in the next general election.

    He has denied allegations that he was in any way involved in Bhutto's assassination and said he is willing to face Pakistani courts.
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    Pakistan posts Musharraf summons for March 22

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    (AFP) – 5 hours ago

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistani authorities on Tuesday posted a summons demanding that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf return from exile and appear before the country's top court on March 22.

    The notice was glued to the gate of Musharraf's farm house on the outskirts of Islamabad after he failed to respond to repeated calls to appear over the December 27, 2007 murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

    Musharraf, who has lived in self-imposed exile in London and Dubai since stepping down in 2008, delayed plans to return home this year indefinitely after the government warned he would be arrested upon arrival.

    "Yes, I can confirm that a notice has been pasted on the main gate of Musharraf's farm house," Sheikh Naeem, a senior police official, told AFP.

    The notice asks Musharraf to appear in the Supreme Court on March 22 with documents proving his identity as a Pakistani citizen.

    Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide attack after an election rally in Rawalpindi, the headquarters of Pakistan's army. Her party won elections two months later and her widower, Asif Ali Zardari, is president of Pakistan.

    In 2010, a UN report said the murder could have been prevented and accused Musharraf's government of failing to provide Bhutto with adequate protection.

    Pakistani investigators accused him of being part of a "broad conspiracy" to have his political rival killed before elections.

    But at the time, Musharraf's government blamed the assassination on Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, who denied any involvement and was killed in a US drone attack in August 2009.
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    Summons pasted on Musharraf’s farm house

    http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/06/summo...arm-house.html

    ISLAMABAD: Authorities on Tuesday posted a summons demanding that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf return from exile and appear before the country’s top court on March 22.

    The notice was glued to the gate of Musharraf’s farm house on the outskirts of Islamabad after he failed to respond to repeated calls to appear over the December 27, 2007 murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

    Musharraf, who has lived in self-imposed exile in London and Dubai since stepping down in 2008, delayed plans to return home this year indefinitely after the government warned he would be arrested upon arrival.

    “Yes, I can confirm that a notice has been pasted on the main gate of Musharraf’s farm house,” Sheikh Naeem, a senior police official, told AFP.

    The notice asks Musharraf to appear in the Supreme Court on March 22 with documents proving his identity as a Pakistani citizen.
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    ‘Musharraf knew of Benazir’s assasination plot’

    http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/22/musha...tion-plot.html

    3/22/2012

    KARACHI: A report by the United Nations and a Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT), probing former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder, says former President Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf was aware of the Benazir assassination plot and personally ordered the destruction of evidence, Mark Siegel alleged in a New York Daily News article on Thursday.

    Siegel was an adviser and friend of late Benazir Bhutto, and was also a collaborator on her book “Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West,” which completed days before her murder.

    Siegel claims he was with the former prime minister on September 25, 2007, when she had received a call from Musharraf “threatening her with dire consequences if she returned to Pakistan.”

    “She was visibly shaken when she hung up the phone,” writes Siegel.

    Soon after her arrival to Pakistan, and following the first failed assassination attempt on her life, Siegel claims she wrote an email to him saying “if anything happened to her, she would hold Musharraf responsible.”

    The JIT report concludes that Musharraf, working with two police officers who reported back to him, knew of the plotting of the assassination, was aware of the timing and personally ordered the destruction of evidence, writes Siegel.

    He adds: “Bhutto had believed that Musharraf was complicit in the attempt to take her life in Karachi by not providing her enough security. In fact, his involvement in the Karachi and Rawalpindi attacks was much more direct and insidious.”
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    Musharraf was aware of BB's murder plot

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-41...Bs-murder-plot

    3/22/2012

    KARACHI: The reports issued by the United Nations (UN) and Joint Investigation Team (JIT), formed by the government of Pakistan to probe Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Benazir Bhutto’s (BB) murder, blame the Musharraf government for her assassination, Mark Siegel wrote in New York Daily News.

    The government has begun criminal proceedings against the seven accused, including Musharraf and requested Interpol to issue an international warrant for the arrest of Musharraf after a four-year investigation.

    If and when Interpol issues a red warrant against Musharraf, the police of all 190 Interpol member countries will have the authority to arrest him. He has been summoned before the Supreme Court of Pakistan today, March 22.

    A United Nations tribunal issued a blistering 70-page report essentially holding the Musharraf government responsible for Bhutto’s murder. The UN concluded that the failure of the police to effectively investigate Bhutto’s assassination, and the destruction of evidence, was deliberate and ordered from above. The UN also found that the assassination would have been prevented if the authorities had provided adequate security.

    Picking up the mantle of the UN report, the government of Pakistan formed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to investigate the assassination. The JIT concluded its report last month, and its conclusions are not ambiguous: Musharraf, working with two police officers who reported back to him, knew of the plotting of the assassination, was aware of the timing and personally ordered the destruction of evidence.

    Those officers facilitated the terrorists who devised the multifaceted elements of the conspiracy, from conception to execution to coverup. Musharraf’s failure to provide security to Bhutto, despite his full knowledge that an assassination would be attempted, all but ensured that the conspiracy would succeed.

    BB was assassinated on Dec. 27, 2007 as she left a campaign event in Rawalpindi. Despite the fact that Musharraf had ordered intense security teams to guard two other former prime ministers who were his political supporters, Bhutto was provided with virtually no security at all.

    The crime scene in Rawalpindi was almost immediately washed down, with forensic evidence hosed away by the police. No witnesses were interrogated. No autopsies took place. Nor did an investigation.

    Mark Siegel wrote that Musharraf had threatened BB with dire consequences if she returned to Pakistan to lead her Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in the upcoming elections, where she was the major threat to defeat him. Bhutto quoted Musharraf as saying that she would be responsible for what happened to her.

    Afterward, she emailed her adviser and friend Mark Siegel to say that if anything happened to her, she would hold Musharraf responsible.
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    'Musharraf was aware of timing of Bhutto’ murder'

    http://zeenews.india.com/news/south-...er_765453.html

    3/22/2012

    Karachi: Both the United Nations and Joint Investigation Team reports blame former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf for former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, an article in an American daily has said.

    The reports come in the wake of criminal proceedings against the seven accused in the case, including Musharraf, and the Pakistan government requesting Interpol to issue an international warrant for Musharraf’s arrest.

    According to Mark Siegel’s article in the New York Daily News, the United Nations’ 70-page report concludes that the failure of the police to effectively probe Bhutto’s assassination, and the destruction of evidence, was deliberate and ordered from above.

    The UN also found that the assassination would have been averted had the Pakistan authorities made adequate security arrangements, The News reports.

    The JIT report said Musharraf, working along with two police officers, was aware of the assassination plot against Bhutto and its timing and personally ordered the destruction of evidence.

    The police officers facilitated the terrorists, who devised various phases of the plot, from conception to execution and cover-up operations, it added.

    Despite the fact that Musharraf had ordered security teams to guard two other former prime ministers who were his political supporters, Bhutto was provided with virtually no security.

    She was assassinated on December 27, 2007 as she left a campaign event in Rawalpindi.

    Siegel’s article said Musharraf had threatened Bhutto with dire consequences if she returned to Pakistan to lead her Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in the upcoming elections.

    Bhutto had, subsequently, e-mailed her adviser and friend Siegel to say that Musharraf was to be blamed if happened to her.
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    Benazir Bhutto murder case: SC refuses ‘special favours’ for Pervez Musharraf

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/362278/b...vez-musharraf/

    By Azam Khan
    Published: April 10, 2012

    ISLAMABAD: In the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, the apex court has refused to extend any favour to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

    The Federal Investigation Agency prosecutor, Azhar Chaudhry, submitted before a three-judge bench that an anti-terrorism court of Rawalpindi has issued arrest warrants against Musharraf and declared him a proclaimed offender.

    The bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, observed that Musharraf has lost his right to be heard until he returns to Pakistan and surrender before the law.

    “If a court declares you a fugitive, you are no longer entitled to discretionary treatment,” said Justice Chaudhry.

    Pakistan’s interior ministry has formally requested the France-based Interpol Secretariat for the issuance of ‘red warrants’ against Musharraf seeking his arrest and subsequent extradition to Pakistan.

    Shehryar, who had filed a statement on behalf of Musharraf on last hearing, appeared before the court and sought time to convey the court’s concern to the former president.

    He also informed the court that he was not an attorney for Musharraf nor the former military ruler had authorised him to plead his case.

    Justice Chaudhry observed that instead of seeking time for an appearance, “(Musharraf) should appear before the court today and surrender first.”

    In its written order the court mentioned that “he (Musharraf) has opted not to appear before the court according to law.”

    Furthermore, Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s lawyer sought additional time from the court to file a reply regarding the registration of a second FIR in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.

    Raja Amir Abbas, the counsel for Malik, said the interior minister was engaged in official duties, adding that allegations against Malik needed to be rebutted.

    The chief justice observed that the court would restrict itself and leave the probe of allegations to an investigation agency. “We will not prejudice ourselves; at this stage everyone is respectable for us,” the court observed.

    Justice Khilji Arif Hussain asked Malik’s counsel to avoid any delays to ensure that the court is not held responsible for the delay. The case was adjourned till April 16.
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    Treaty on hold: Musharraf’s expulsion hits capital roadblock

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/368596/t...tal-roadblock/

    By Zahid Gishkori
    Published: April 23, 2012

    ISLAMABAD: Efforts to have former President Pervez Musharraf extradited to Pakistan from the United Kingdom have hit a roadblock as the possibility of capital punishment impedes the formulation of an agreement between the two countries.

    Officials from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the foreign ministry revealed on Sunday that an extradition treaty between Pakistan and the UK remains ambivalent because the joint judicial team assigned to finalise the accord differed over the likelihood of the ‘death sentence’.

    “Capital punishment is the main hurdle now. It is difficult to bring back Musharraf without signing an extradition treaty with the UK,” FIA’s prosecutor Muhammad Azhar Chaudhry told The Express Tribune.

    Azhar, who is representing the FIA in Benazir Bhutto’s murder case, revealed that the UK government has expressed reservations over the existence of the death penalty in Pakistani laws.

    Musharraf is wanted by the local police for alleged involvement in former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder. A local court has already declared him an absconder and issued a warrant against him.

    To abide by the court’s order, Pakistan requested the International Police (Interpol) to help bring back Musharraf to face trial for the charges against him, particularly in Benazir Bhutto and Nawab Akbar Bugti’s murder cases. Interpol will respond to Pakistan’s request within two to three weeks. Azhar hopes that the legal complications would be resolved soon and that the UK will consider Pakistan’s request to repatriate the former president.

    The legal director of the foreign ministry, Sher Bahadur Khan, claimed that the joint judicial team found it difficult to reach an agreement because there are two different laws – capital punishment exists in Pakistan, but not in the international law or UK law. “If Pakistan wants to reach an agreement with the UK, it will have to rule out this law at all costs,” he said.

    Pakistani officials designated to discuss legal matters, however, wished to sign the treaty without changing local laws. Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar also informed the National Assembly on March 13 that the government was negotiating various agreements, particularly the ‘extradition treaty’ and ‘exchange of prisoners’, with 32 countries.

    Ahmer Bilal Sufi, an expert on international laws, was of the view that if Pakistan wants to sign an extradition treaty with European countries, it will have to amend its extradition laws first. Islamabad has to assure the UK and other European countries that those who will be handed over from Europe and tried in Pakistan will not be executed, he said.

    Whether parliament is prepared to bring about such changes in its existing extradition laws is a serious question, he added. Under the existing extradition laws, people can be given the death sentence if charges against them are proved true, Ahmer added.

    Pakistan and the UK have held several meetings, after which a joint judicial group was constituted to step up bilateral ties since 2009. Interior Minister Rehman Malik also met his British counterpart Theresa May in March 2011 but did not succeed in convincing her for such a treaty.
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