Musharraf et alia charged with murder

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Musharraf charged with Bhutto murder
By Syed Fazl-e-Haider   8-21-13

KARACHI – Pakistan’s former president and military ruler General Pervez Musharraf has been charged with the murder of former premier Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in a gun and suicide attack in December 2007.

An anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi, in an unprecedented move, on Tuesday indicted Musharraf on three counts during a brief hearing. He may get the death penalty or life imprisonment if found guilty.

“He was charged with murder, criminal conspiracy for murder and facilitation for murder,” AFP reported public prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar as saying. “The charges were read out to him in the court. He denied the charges,” said Azhar….

Besides Musharraf, others accused in the case include former City Police Officer (CPO) of Rawalpindi Saud Aziz, the then superintendent of police Khurram Shahzad, Abdul Rasheed, Rafaqat Hussain, Sher Zaman and Hasnain Gul.   http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-02-210813.html

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al-Qaeda claims Bhutto killing   12-29-2007

“This is our first major victory against those [eg, Bhutto and President Pervez Musharraf] who have been siding with infidels [the West] in a fight against al-Qaeda and declared a war against mujahideen,” Mustafa told Asia Times Online by telephone.

He said the death squad consisted of Punjabi associates of the underground anti-Shi’ite militant group Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, operating under al-Qaeda orders.

The assassination of Bhutto was apparently only one of the goals of a large al-Qaeda plot, the existence of which was revealed earlier this month.

On December 6, a Pakistani intelligence agency tracked a cell phone conversation between a militant leader and a local cleric, in which a certain Maulana Asadullah Khalidi was named. The same day, Khalidi was arrested during a raid in Karachi. The arrest, in turn, led to the arrest of a very high-profile non-Pakistani militant leader, which, it is said, revealed an operation aimed at wiping out “precious American assets” in Pakistan, including Musharraf and Bhutto.

The operation is said to have involved hundreds of cells all over Pakistan to track targets and communicate with their command, which would then send out death squads.

Mustafa referred to a recent address by Bhutto in North West Frontier Province, in which she lambasted Islamic extremism and asked the people to stand against it. Bhutto was the only Pakistani leader who regularly spoke against al-Qaeda.  http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IL29Df01.html

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Taliban threaten media of dire consequences

4-29-2009  SWAT/ISLAMABAD (Online) – Taliban have threatened media of dire consequences if any statement or report is published in the Press against them.
Posters have been put on display before the offices of news channels and newspapers on behalf of commander of Fidayeen department of Taliban wherein it is alleged media is making coverage of the reports against Taliban and statements are being given against Taliban in govt with US accent, says a private channel here on Tuesday.   http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/politics/29-Apr-2009/Taliban-threaten-media-of-dire-consequences

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