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Bhutto Assassination Case: Pervez Musharraf Declared 'Fugitive' By Pakistani Court

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| August 31 , 2017 , 21:50 IST

The same day former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf made a statement asserting that the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was in Pakistan, an anti-terrorism court has declared the leader to be a fugitive in the murder trial of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's, while acquitting all the other five suspects in the case.

According to news reports, the court also sentenced former Rawalpindi Central Police Office Saud Aziz and former Rawal Town SP Khurram Shahzad to 17 years each in jail.

In 2013, Musharraf was charged in the 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto. The court had put a travel ban on him, but ever since it was lifted three years ago, the former president has been in a self-imposed exile in Dubai.

The verdict comes 10 years after the ex-Prime Minister was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack during an election rally in Rawalpindi.

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In November 2008, an ATC indicted Aitzaz Shah, Sher Zaman, Abdul Rasheed, Rafaqat Hussain and Hasnain Gul for killing, hatching criminal conspiracy to kill, abetting the perpetrators, using illegal explosive material and spreading terrorism on December 27, 2007 when 22 people, including the former Prime Minister, were killed in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi's Liaquat Bagh, when she was leaving after attending an election rally.

As the defence and prosecution completed their arguments here on Wednesday, the Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC), Rawalpindi, Judge Muhammad Asghar Khan reserved its verdict in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, which was announced on Thursday.

Benazir Bhutto, who was the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chief and a two-time Prime Minister of Pakistan, was assassinated in a suicide attack at an election campaign rally at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007.