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Pakistan seeks Interpol’s help to arrest ex-military ruler over assassination of ex-PM

 FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007 file photo, Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto at her last rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Bhutto ...

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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007 file photo, Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto at her last rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Bhutto ...

Pakistan has asked Interpol to help arrest the country’s former military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, over the 2007 assassination of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Pakistani Interior Ministry has written to Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization, seeking a “red notice” alerting its 190 member countries to arrest a person before possible extradition to the requesting country, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Sunday.

“We have sent a request to the Interpol for the arrest of Pervez Musharraf,” Malik told reporters in the capital Islamabad, AFP reported.

Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007, while leaving an election rally in Rawalpindi, the headquarters of Pakistan’s army.

President Asif Ali Zardari, Bhutto’s husband, is seeking Musharraf’s extradition following a Pakistani court’s request that he be questioned over security protection he authorized for Bhutto.

Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party has said Musharraf neglected his duty to protect Bhutto from threats by Islamic guerrilla groups who opposed her. Musharraf, 68, an army commander who took power in a 1999 coup, has denied the accusations that he intentionally left Bhutto vulnerable to attack.

Pakistan blames the Taliban movement and allied militants for Bhutto’s assassination. Two police officers and five alleged members of the Pakistani Taliban have been charged in connection with the assassination.

Since resigning the presidency in August 2008, Musharraf has lived largely in London.

Interpol, based in Lyon, France, does not automatically issue such notices upon request.


Updated : 2021-04-18 23:54 GMT+08:00