Pakistan

DUBAI – Former military dictator Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf has said he will face the courts in Benazir Bhutto assassination case in Pakistan soon as his health improves.


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In a statement issued from All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) secretariat on Sunday, the ex-President said that the recent decision by the anti-terrorism court was not against him as the matter against him is still pending before the courts.

He also termed American journalist and lobbyist Mark Seigel’s statement “meaningless”, saying that his lawyers had already refuted the statement.

Musharraf says he was wrongly included in the case on a political basis.

Benazir Bhutto – twice elected prime minister of Pakistan – was assassinated when terrorists attacked her convoy, as it was leaving the historic Liaquat Bagh after addressing a public meeting on Dec 27, 2007.

A joint investigation team had implicated Musharraf in the case, saying that his government did not provide adequate security to the former prime minister despite her repeated requests.

Earlier this week, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) acquitted five Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) suspects and announced 17-year imprisonment for two police officials in Benazir Bhutto murder case after nearly ten years.

Apart from Musharraf, five other men – Baitullah Mehsud, Ahmad Gul, Iqramullah, Abdullah, and Faizullah – were also declared absconders.