Press Esc to close
Monday 27 February 2017
News updated at 12:11 PM IST
Weather
Max: 33.3°C
Min : 20°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day
Breaking News

Musharraf granted bail in Benazir Bhutto assassination case

Islamabad, May 20 (PTI)
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf Reuters Image
A Pakistani anti-terrorism court today granted bail to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the 2007 Benazir Bhutto assassination case.

Judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman of the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi granted bail to Musharraf against two surety bonds of Rs 10 lakh each.

In the morning, the judge had reserved his decision after hearing arguments by lawyers of both sides. The judge announced his decision in the afternoon.

During the arguments, Musharraf's lawyer Salman Safdar said there was no solid evidence or witness against his client.

He said Musharraf had not been blamed for the 2007 suicide attack that killed Bhutto by the family of any of the victims.

Prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar of the Federal Investigation Agency opposed Musharraf's bail petition, saying the former President could flee Pakistan if he was freed from detention.

Bhutto was killed by a suicide bomber after addressing an election rally in Rawalpindi in December 2007. Musharraf has been accused of providing inadequate security to Bhutto.

69-year-old Musharraf, who is currently being held at his farmhouse on the outskirts of Islamabad, was arrested shortly after he returned to Pakistan in March to lead his All Pakistan Muslim League party in the general election.

He was subsequently barred by a court from contesting polls for the rest of his life.
Besides the Bhutto assassination case, Musharraf has been arrested for detaining dozens of judges during the 2007 emergency and for the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation.

Speculation is rife in Islamabad that Musharraf may be allowed to leave the country under a deal worked out by the powerful military.

 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Art lovers ging through the paintings exhibited at Taj Gateway organised by Round Table India...

Art lovers ging through the paintings exhibited at Taj Gateway organised by Round Table India...

Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan, who recently joined BJP, addresses an election rally in Mirzapur...

Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan, who recently joined BJP, addresses an election rally in Mirzapur...

Union Textiles Minister and BJP leader Smriti Zubin Irani (speaking from the podium) poses...

Union Textiles Minister and BJP leader Smriti Zubin Irani (speaking from the podium) poses...

AAP workers smash a hoarding as they protest outside the party office over alleged discrepencies...

AAP workers smash a hoarding as they protest outside the party office over alleged discrepencies...

Bollywood actress Sonal Chauhan walks the ramp during the Jaipur Couture Fashion Show...

Bollywood actress Sonal Chauhan walks the ramp during the Jaipur Couture Fashion Show...

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar gestures while flaging off IDBI Federal Life Insurance's New...

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar gestures while flaging off IDBI Federal Life Insurance's New...

A pair of parrots collecting nectar from Palash flower at a garden in New Delhi ...

A pair of parrots collecting nectar from Palash flower at a garden in New Delhi ...

Police inspect after a gas tanker collided with a tree at National Highway near Bihuguri of Tezpur..

Police inspect after a gas tanker collided with a tree at National Highway near Bihuguri of Tezpur..

Bikers perform stunts at an event in Faridabad...

Bikers perform stunts at an event in Faridabad...

Tracks laid out for the NEXA P1 Powerboat, Indian Grand Prix of the Seas, the global series...

Tracks laid out for the NEXA P1 Powerboat, Indian Grand Prix of the Seas, the global series...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523