Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Musharraf to be probed for Benazir’s killing

Pak caretaker says it won't charge him for treason

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of suspects charged with involvement in the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, yesterday ordered that former President Pervez Musharraf be included in the investigation process.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), which is investigating the Bhutto assassination, told the court in the garrison city of Rawalpindi that the former military ruler has not yet been formally included in the case, reported Xinhua.
Judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman directed the FIA to complete the investigation and submit a report in the apex court. The hearing was adjourned until May 3.
Musharraf has been accused of failing to provide adequate security to Bhutto when she returned to Pakistan from exile in 2007. She was killed in a suicide bombing and firing in Rawalpindi shortly after she addressed an election rally.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s caretaker government has told the Supreme Court it will not file treason charges against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
Attorney General Irfan Qadir said in a statement submitted to the court Monday that caretaker officials have decided to leave the decision on treason charges to the government that will come to power after the May 11 parliamentary election.
Lawyers have filed petitions before the Supreme Court accusing him of committing treason while in power.