Musharraf to be arrested on return to Pakistan

January 7th, 2012 - 9:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Pervez Musharraf Islamabad, Jan 7 (IANS) Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf will be arrested on his return in connection with the 2007 assassination of two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto, said an investigator Saturday.

The former Pakistan Army chief is also charged in the murder of a nationalist tribal elder Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006 in Balochistan province, Xinhua reported.

Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999-2008, has been living in exile for nearly three years in Britain and the UAE. He has announced he would return home by Jan 25 or 27.

On Saturday, his wife Sehiba Musharraf submitted an application in a court, requesting review of its earlier order to declare Musharraf a proclaimed offender.

On Friday, in Dubai, Musharraf said he would face the court after his arrival in Pakistan. He also expressed the hope that he would be acquitted after two to three court hearings.

In Rawalpindi, prosecutor for the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Chaudhry Zulfiqar told reporters Saturday that the FIA was ready to “welcome” former president as anti-terrorism court (ATC) had issued arrest warrant for him.

He said there was no need to issue new arrest warrants against the former ruler.

The FIA, investigating the killing of Benazir in firing and suicide bomb attack in Rawalpindi city, had sought arrest warrant for Musharraf.

The prosecutor said orders had also been issued to confiscate Musharraf’s property as he had failed to appear in the court and to answer questions about his government’s failure to protect Benazir. She had returned to Pakistan in October 2007 under a deal with Musharraf when she was assassinated.

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