Musharraf formally arrested in Bhutto case

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 26, 2013 09:33 hrs

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) of Pakistan on Thursday formally arrested former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf in connection with the Benazir Bhutto murder case, reports said.

According to Geo TV, the formal proceedings for Musharraf´s arrest were completed by the FIA Deputy Director at the former president´s farmhouse in Chak Shahzad which has been declared sub-jail.

While interrogating Musharraf, he was asked why Bhutto was not provided security upon her return to Pakistan, to which Musharraf replied that she was provided complete security.

Musharraf has also refused the allegations levelled against him and said Bhutto was a target of the terrorists.

The FIA is scheduled to file a petition seeking the physical remand of Musharraf in the Anti Terrorism court on Friday.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Lahore High Court dismissed Musharraf´s petition for an extension of his interim bail in connection to Bhutto´s assassination case.

The court had also dismissed his lawyer´s request for protection.

Musharraf on Tuesday appeared before a Pakistani anti-terrorism court which directed him to cooperate with investigators probing Bhutto´s assassination.

The court adjourned the hearing in the case till May 3.

Musharraf is accused of conspiring the murder of Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and for the 2006 killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Khan Bugti.

Musharraf on Saturday appeared before a Pakistani anti-terrorism court that sent him to a 14-day judicial remand in connection to the judges' detention case.

He returned to Pakistan last month after years of self-exile in the UK.

Musharraf rose to power in Pakistan in a coup in 1999. He had stepped down from the power in 2008 and was threatened with impeachment, which resulted in his self-exile.

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