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Benazir Bhutto murder: ‘Nisar allowed Musharraf to escape’

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LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Latif Khosa on Thursday claimed that former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan allowed former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to leave the country without court orders to escape punishment in Benazir Bhutto murder case, ARY News reported.

Speaking exclusively to ARY News, Khosa clarified that it was not the PPP government but Musharraf himself who invited Scotland Yard to investigate the case and when PPP came into power, the case was transferred to the FIA and the following year its JIT implicated Gen Musharraf in the case.

“We have pursued the case with honesty and presented evidence against him (Musharraf) in the case but if he is away, Nisar Ali Khan allowed him to escape,” said Khosa reminding that court had not only declared Musharraf fugitive.

Replying to the former dictator’s latest allegations, Khosa said that none of the 88 witnesses questioned in the case named Zardari.

After the murder of Ms Bhutto on Dec 27, 2007 the Punjab government constituted a joint investigation team (JIT) which submitted a charge-sheet without nominating Gen Musharraf.

On Aug 6, 2009 the investigation was transferred to the FIA and the following year its JIT implicated Gen Musharraf in the case.

According to the JIT report, Gen Musharraf was upset by the speeches of Ms Bhutto against the imposition of emergency in November 2007. It said that the Musharraf government did not provide adequate security to the former prime minister despite her repeated requests.

On August 31, an anti-terrorism court  declared former military ruler Pervez Musharraf a fugitive in ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder trial, ordering his property confiscated.

Musharraf has been living in self-imposed exile in Dubai after his name was removed from Exit Control List last year.

In a video released in media on Thursday (today), Musharraf blamed PPP co-chairman and Benazir Bhutto’s widower Asif Ali Zardari for the former PM and her brother Murtaza Bhutto’s murder.

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