Rawalpindi: Musharraf declared proclaimed offender
RAWALPINDI: The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), No-III, Rawalpindi, on Monday declared former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf a proclaimed offender in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.
Rana Nisar Ahmed, the judge at the ATC, also ordered that an advertisement announcing that Musharraf was a proclaimed offender be published in three major newspapers in the country. The court adjourned further hearing till June 11.
During the proceedings of the case at the Adiala Jail, prosecutors from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Chaudhry Azhar and Chaudhry Zulfiqar, presented a report regarding the arrest warrants of Musharraf.
In the four-page report, the prosecutors said the Government of Pakistan had tried to implement the arrest warrants against Musharraf but could not do so because there was no extradition treaty between Pakistan and Britain.
In essence, the British government refused to hand over Musharraf to the Pakistani government, the FIA prosecutors said in the report. Under these circumstances, the FIA moved an application under Section 87 of the CrPC, requesting that the ATC declare Musharraf a proclaimed offender. The court accepted the FIA application and declared the former president an absconder.
The prosecutors told the court that Musharraf was intentionally trying to avoid arrest, which he had admitted during an interview to a private TV channel. During the interview, Musharraf said, “I know about court trials in Pakistan, and I will not go to Pakistan or face court trial.” The prosecutors also presented a CD of the interview to the court.
The FIA said during the next hearing, they would move another application under Section 88 of the CrPC, requesting the court to confiscate all of Musharraf’s moveable and immoveable properties in Pakistan.
At a previous hearing, the court had issued a contempt notice to FIA Director General (DG) Malik Iqbal because he suspended the Investigation Officer (IO) Khalid Rasool. The court ordered that the investigation officer be reinstated. The FIA reinstated the IO, and the court cancelled the contempt notice against DG FIA on Monday.
During the hearing, former City Police Officer (CPO) Saud Aziz, and former SP Rawal Town Khurram Shahzad, along with other accused involved in the Benazir murder case, were present in the Adiala Jail.