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Ex-Pak President Musharraf To Face Murder Trial

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik told members of the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday that former President Gen. Pervez Musharraf would soon be brought back to the country to face trial in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, following issuance of red warrants by the trial court to Interpol.

He said former Sindh Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim, whenever he returned to Pakistan, would also be questioned about his remarks reported in a section of the press on the eve of the arrival of Bhutto in Pakistan on October 18, 2007 from her exile. Rahim had reportedly said that "during the day they will beat drums, but after sunset they will cry when lights will be switched off."

Responding to a resolution of the Sindh Assembly asking him to make public the findings of investigation into the killing of Bhutto, Malik in his three-hour briefing to the House narrated details of the ex-Premier's assassination, the DawnNews reported.

Briefing the legislators with the help of video clippings, chief of the investigation team Khalid Qureshi and Inspector-General of the Islamabad Police Bin Yamin said Bhutto's assassination plan was prepared by al-Qaeda leader Abu Obaid al-Misri and was executed by Baitullah Mehsud through the Haqqani network. The suicide blast was carried out by Saeed alias Bilal.

Malik said 16 people were behind the gun attack and bomb blast of December 27, 2007. After addressing a public meeting, as she was driven out of the venue, a crowd gathered on the road and when she raised her head through the roof of the car to respond to the slogans of the crowd, Saeed alias Bilal fired three gunshots at her before blowing himself up. She was rushed to hospital where she died.

Malik said so far 16 people had been arraigned in the case. Five of them were arrested, six killed, and three were still at large. The crime of Gen. Musharraf in the case was his failure to provide necessary security to the two-time elected Prime Minister despite knowing that Bhutto was under threat from terrorists, he said.

by RTT Staff Writer

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