Court reserves verdict in Benazir Bhutto murder case after 9 years

  • The murder case remained in court for nine years
  • Benazir was assassinated during a public gathering at Rawalpindi in 2007
Pakistan

RAWALPINDI – An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday reserved verdict in Benazir Bhutto murder case concluding nine-year long proceedings, local media reported.

As per the details, ATC judge Asghar Khan resumed hearing of the case in which prosecutor, FIA, and counsels for accused completed their arguments on Tuesday.

Six challans were presented in the high-profile case which was heard by the court for nine years.

A separate case against former president General (retd)Pervez Musharraf has been admitted and to be tried separately.

According to Geo News, suspects Hussain Gul and Rafaqat’s legal counsel Jawad Khalid Tuesday told the court that the statements received from his clients hold Pervez Musharraf among others responsible for the crime.

He also claimed that there is no solid proof against his clients. There is a conflict between investigating officers’ statements and the weapons recovered from the scene of the crime.

“This raises suspicion,” he remarked, adding that the court should show mercy towards the innocent.

“The real culprits are not being punished for the crime,” added the legal counsel.

FIA prosecutor Khawaja Asif accepted that there is no record of the suspects in the DNA report.

Benazir’s Assassination

On December 27, 2007, Benazir was assassinated during a public gathering at Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh.

In February 2008, a trial of five suspects began after they were apprehended by the police. However, once PPP won the 2008 elections, the investigation was handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Former president Pervez Musharraf is also a suspect in the case, who has remained absconding since the beginning.