Arrest Warrant Issued For Pakistan’s Musharraf in Connection With Bhutto’s Assassination

A Pakistani court issued an arrest warrant for Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf in connection with the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

Benazir Bhutto was murdered in December 2007 after a rally as she was waving to supporters.

Pakistani offiicials identified the assassin as a young former madrassa student. Ron Paul blamed the US.

The AP reported:

An anti-terrorism court judge issued an arrest warrant Saturday for former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with the 2007 assassination of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, state-run television reported.

The warrant is the latest legal trouble to face the retired general, a one-time U.S. ally who left Pakistan for Britain in 2008 after being forced out of the presidency he secured in 1999 military coup. Despite his promises to return to Pakistan and lead a new political party, court motions against the former ruler make it increasingly unlikely he will.

Along with issuing the warrant Saturday, Judge Rana Nisar Ahmad also ordered Musharraf to appear before the court on Feb. 19, Pakistan Television reported. Lawyers in the case could not immediately be reached for comment.

Bhutto was killed Dec. 27, 2007, in a gun and suicide bomb blast during a rally weeks after returning to Pakistan to campaign in new elections that Musharraf reluctantly agreed to allow after months of domestic and international pressure.

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